A Pittsburgh Police Officer Claims in a Federal Lawsuit That Police Officials Harassed Him and Retaliated against Him for Investigating a Company That Provided the Department with Millions of Dollars Worth of Software Upgrades That, He Says, Weren’t Used or Did Not Work [Derived Headline]

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A Pittsburgh Police Officer Claims in a Federal Lawsuit That Police Officials Harassed Him and Retaliated against Him for Investigating a Company That Provided the Department with Millions of Dollars Worth of Software Upgrades That, He Says, Weren’t Used or Did Not Work [Derived Headline]


Bauder, Bob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


A Pittsburgh police officer claims in a federal lawsuit that police officials harassed him and retaliated against him for investigating a company that provided the department with millions of dollars worth of software upgrades that, he says, weren’t used or did not work.

Officer Souroth Chatterji, 33, contends in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that former Chief Cameron McLay in 2015 ordered him to investigate the police bureau’s information technology system to see if software provided by Plum-based B-Three Solutions performed up to industry standards.

Beginning in 2006, B-Three provided the bureau with numerous software upgrades, including police cruiser computer systems and systems permitting detectives to share information about homicide investigations and other high-profile crimes.

Chatterji reported the software was either never implemented, did not work or vastly exceeded the cost of similar systems, according to the lawsuit.

As a result, McLay filed complaints with the FBI and Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations, according to the suit.

B-Three president Michael Walton said the company is bound by a nondisclosure agreement with the city, but he called the allegations “baseless and groundless.”

“B-Three is a company that prides itself in professionalism and integrity in all aspects of business with its customers, including the city of Pittsburgh,” he said in an email. “B-Three develops only the highest quality software for its customers and many times is called upon to address poorly-designed software developed by other companies.

“We will be requesting our litigation counsel to not only investigate this situation, but, if he deems it appropriate, we will authorize him to initiate whatever actions may be available to B-Three for any false and malicious statements made against the company and its reputation.”

McLay could not be reached for comment. Police Chief Scott Schubert, who replaced McLay when he stepped down in November 2016, declined comment.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said the situation resulted in “numerous investigations.” He said the FBI reviewed files related to B-Three and found no criminal wrongdoing. The FBI declined comment.

“One is still ongoing. We’re looking at that,” Hissrich said. …

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