Former Pittsburgh Chief Harper dropped from another lawsuit
Pittsburgh police had probable cause when they arrested a community activist four times between May 2008 and March 2009, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Adrienne Young, 56, of Garfield claimed in the lawsuit that police were harassing her by arresting and prosecuting her, but U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon said officers had reason to believe Young violated the law during incidents related to what Young admitted was a “tumultuous” relationship with a man.
Young, founder of the Tree of Hope Inc., originally sued in Common Pleas court in May 2011. The defendants, which include the city, former police Chief Nathan Harper, five police officers, the administrator of the county adult probation service and six county probation officers, moved the case to federal court because she was making civil rights claims.
Young said she plans to appeal the judge's decision. The charges against Young were dropped or dismissed except one in which she was convicted of passing in a no-passing zone.
Bissoon's order drops the city, Harper and the police officers from the lawsuit. The county has filed an answer denying Young's claims that the probation officers used false information to keep her in jail for 28 days and temporarily place her on home confinement with electronic monitoring after her fourth arrest.
Young's lawyer, Edward Olds, couldn't be reached for comment. The Tree of Hope supports families who lose members to violence.
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