Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Da: Swissvale Police Erred in Releasing Man

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Da: Swissvale Police Erred in Releasing Man

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Swissvale police erred twice - including once this week - when they did not arrest a man wanted in a Pittsburgh domestic violence case, Allegheny County's top law enforcement officer said Thursday.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said Swissvale police should have arrested Nire Brown, 18, when they hand-delivered paperwork to him in March that pertained to a protection-from-abuse hearing one week after the warrant for his arrest was issued.

He also said Swissvale police should not have released Mr. Brown when they stopped him Monday night and then let him go because neither their officers nor Pittsburgh police were free to take him to the Allegheny County Jail, Swissvale police said.

"It doesn't really matter which agency issued the paper; there's an obligation to take them," Mr. Zappala said.

The Allegheny County sheriff's office arrested Mr. Brown Wednesday after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked about his release.

It's unclear how often people who are wanted are released because of an inability to find someone to transport them, but officials in various aspects of law enforcement said Thursday it's an issue that needs to be discussed.

"It's not the first time this has happened," Mr. Zappala said. "I think for the most part, the police agencies do a pretty good job with domestic violence cases, but this is obviously a case where the police agencies need to be reminded what we want them to to do."

Several factors combine to create a situation in which these instances occur, said Donald Dolfi, Whitehall police chief and chairman of the executive board of the Western Pennsylvania Chiefs' of Police Association.

Switching in recent years to a computerized system has sped up the time in which police can learn whether warrants have been issued for someone, Chief Dolfi said. …

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