Pittsburgh mayor wants to review police policy on domestic calls
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on Thursday proposed creating a “working group” to review the police bureau's policy on domestic violence calls and come up with ideas to improve it.
In a letter to City Council, Ravenstahl suggested that the group, which would include members of council and his office with input from community members, research best practices from around the country and consider them and other ideas to reduce domestic disturbances and improve the relationship between police and the public.
This week Councilman Ricky Burgess introduced legislation that would require officers to undergo training to help them better assess domestic violence situations. Burgess said the bill was prompted by the murder of Ka'Sandra Wade, 33, of Larimer. Police went to Wade's home New Year's Eve on a call of “unknown trouble” but left after speaking with a boyfriend, who said nothing was amiss. Police found Wade's body in the house the next day. Police said boyfriend Anthony L. Brown, 51, of Point Breeze killed Wade then killed himself Jan. 2 during a standoff with officers at his home.
Ravenstahl pledged the resources of his office to improving the bill and suggested involving community members in the reviews. He said he hoped the group would begin meeting within days.
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