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City argues police chief, assistant chief's past is irrelevant in lawsuit

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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Old complaints against former Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan Harper and Assistant Chief George Trosky don't belong in a federal lawsuit over a May 2010 road-rage incident involving an off-duty police detective, the city argued Thursday in federal court documents.

Jarret Fate is suing the city over the attack by former detective Bradley Walker, who was convicted of assault and fired by the city. His lawyers want to use an excessive force complaint filed against Harper “decades ago” and a dropped 1997 domestic violence charge against Trosky to persuade jurors the two tend to condone the use of excessive force, the city claims in a motion asking U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab to block the evidence.

City solicitor Dan Regan couldn't be reached for comment.

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