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FBI investigating another St. Patrick's Day weekend arrest by Pittsburgh police

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By Margaret Harding
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 4:51 p.m.
 

The FBI is assessing another arrest of a St. Patrick's Day celebrant by a Pittsburgh police officer, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday.

“It's standard procedure to look into any kind of potential federal violation,” spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba said.

Investigators are looking at the arrest of Edward Lojak, 28, of Fawn on March 16.

Lojak cracked a rib, broke his nose and received other injuries when police tackled him outside Whim Night Club in Station Square. Police charged him with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, drug possession, obstructing officers, aggravated harassment by a prisoner and resisting arrest.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 1. His attorney, Phil DiLucente, declined to comment on the FBI's interest.

The FBI also is reviewing the arrest of Mark Keyser Jr., 27, of Ross outside Claddagh Irish Pub in SouthSide Works.

That arrest, captured on a bystander's camera, showed Detective Frank Rende walking toward Keyser with his Taser unholstered. He stood next to Keyser, and Rende said he held his Taser to Keyser's neck but did not activate it. Keyser fell to the ground. Police later said the Taser wasn't fired.

The Office of Municipal Investigation is reviewing both arrests.

Keyser's preliminary hearing on charges of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness was continued Tuesday until April 4.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8591 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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