Man claims in federal lawsuit that four city officers beat him up in South Side bar
A Beaver County man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that four Pittsburgh police officers beat him up during a May 26 incident on the South Side.
William Everetts, 22, of Hanover claims in the lawsuit that when he tried to enter the Local Bar + Kitchen while holding a beer he got into a fight with officer Andrew Miller and John Doleno, a bar employee.
Officers Stephen Matakovich, Stanley Comans and Mark Rush participated in the ensuing struggle, and while Everetts was face down on the ground the officers punched him in the face, kicked and kneed him, the lawsuit says.
Everetts subsequently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He is suing SSLBK LLC, the company that owns the bar, Doleno, the city and the four officers. Adam DeSimone, the bar's owner, said he was unaware of the lawsuit and declined comment.
Everetts' lawyer, Gianni Floro couldn't be reached for comment. City Solicitor Dan Regan said the city is reviewing the lawsuit but has no reason to believe its officers didn't handle the situation as well-trained officers or that there's any problem with the city's policies.
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