Dormont charges Pittsburgh police officer in assault of girlfriend
Dormont police charged a Pittsburgh police officer with assaulting his girlfriend.
Officer Michael J. Flynn, 35, of Westwood has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 11 on the simple assault charge. Flynn, who joined the force in 2007, declined to comment.
Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Flynn was transferred to the department's warrant office on Monday. The department's Office of Municipal Investigations is reviewing the incident, she said.
Dormont police officers went to a home on Beacon Hill Avenue just after 5 p.m. Sunday at the urging of Zone 5 Cmdr. Timothy O'Connor, according to a criminal complaint. Jennifer McGurk told officers Flynn pushed past her into her home about 3 a.m, and became angry, pulling her off her bed and throwing a decorative stone. She could not be reached for comment.
McGurk told officers she did not want Flynn arrested, but the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office told the officers to proceed with the charges, the complaint said.
“Police protocol in domestic violence situations and our protocol as well is to make an arrest if an injury is witnessed or observed and a domestic partner is believed to be responsible for inflicting the injury,” said Mike Manko, spokesman for the DA's office.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Beloved North Side gardener gets new truck, paid for by her neighbors
- Newsmaker: Laurie Sanders
- Psychiatrist: Man accused of setting Homestead fire not competent to stand trial
- Woman, 77, dies in Monroeville house fire
- PennDOT says inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel will close around-the-clock this weekend
- Wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and snow bearing down on Pittsburgh area
- Propel school sends students home because of phone threat
- Pa. police departments worry order on criminal seizures hurts bottom line
- 2 arrested in Wilkinsburg shooting
- Pittsburgh cracks down on overcrowded houses
- Police stop car in Beltzhoover, find body in back seat