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Pittsburgh police commander sues police officials, city for alleged harassment

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Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 5:18 p.m.

Pittsburgh Zone 3 police Cmdr. Catherine McNeilly claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that top police officials are harassing her because of a 2006 lawsuit in which she successfully challenged her demotion to lieutenant.

The most recent retaliation was a written reprimand by Assistant Chief Maurita Bryant who cited McNeilly for allowing the officers under her command to engage in unprofessional conduct, the lawsuit says.

McNeilly claims the command mishandled a complaint by a black female officer who reported a racist comment by a white male officer. When McNeilly pressed the issue, Bryant also cited her for insubordination, the lawsuit says.

McNeilly is suing the city, Bryant, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, former Chief Nate Harper, acting Chief Regina McDonald and Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson.

The city also violated the settlement in the 2006 lawsuit when it promoted George Trosky to assistant chief in August 2012 without interviewing her for the position, the lawsuit says.

City solicitor Dan Regan declined comment.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Total Trib Media. Contact him at 412-325-4301 at

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