The violent arrest of a man accused of threatening a South Side bar security worker with a gun was recorded by a witness on East Carson Street and is under investigation.
“You had some people crying, people begging the police to stop. It was really just mortifying to watch somebody do that to another person,” Damian Trott said.
Mayor Bill Peduto said he has asked the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations to conduct “a thorough investigation” of the incident, which happened early Sunday morning, and Pittsburgh police are asking any witnesses to come forward.
“We are aware that a bystander captured a portion of the incident on video and that will be taken into account,” Peduto said Monday. “We also expect to review security footage from the site of the incident and surrounding establishments that might be available as well as any documentation and witness accounts of the incident.”
Trott said he was out celebrating his college graduation and he saw the commotion in front of The Flats on Carson around 2 a.m., so he went over to see what was happening.
“They threw a couple knees at him,” said Trott. “They kicked him in the face. It was really just brutal to watch.”
Trott tried to intervene, but he says Pittsburgh police officers threatened to arrest him and take his phone.
Source: WTAE Pittsburgh