Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

East Pittsburgh's Lesson the Borough Disbands a Police Force It Never Needed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

East Pittsburgh's Lesson the Borough Disbands a Police Force It Never Needed

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Last week the borough of East Pittsburgh announced that it will disband its police department and rely on the state police to provide coverage. It should not take a fatal shooting by an officer to bring about such a decision, but in this case it did.

After the June shooting of teenager Antwon Rose II by an East Pittsburgh officer, the department started to lose its employees. Four of the nine officers in the small borough resigned their positions, and borough officials intensified their search for a partner to provide police protection. East Pittsburgh, with a population of only 1,700, realized that it could no longer maintain a quality department on its own.

The end result of that process is the closing of the department on Dec. 1.

During the summer, the borough entered into discussions with neighboring North Braddock and Allegheny County officials about having the county take over the two small police departments. …

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