TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Blame misdirected

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Letter to the Editor
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

The news story “Pittsburgh councilman releases police job records; groups seek input on new chief” (Feb. 28 and TribLIVE.com) has several glaring weaknesses.

Councilman Patrick Dowd estimates 200,000 hours were spent on off-duty jobs by Pittsburgh police officers in 2012. Isn't that 200,000 hours when the city enjoyed police protection without a dollar from city coffers to pay for it?

Furthermore, the city earned around $800,000 each year for the last several years on the backs of these officers. Granted, it appears the money has been misappropriated, but that obviously has nothing to do with the men and women who protected this city on their own time, in less than optimum conditions.

More to my chagrin were the ridiculous comments made by Councilman Ricky Burgess and Black Political Empowerment Project chairman Tim Stevens regarding the next chief, who Stevens said must hire more minorities and improve relations with residents, especially in black neighborhoods.

First, the city and former Chief Nate Harper did everything they could to hire more minorities, absent Burgess' mindless suggestion that the police lower their standards. The standards should remain, and applicants should rise to those standards.

Second, relations with the black community have always been a priority with any chief. The police department was established to enforce laws. If the black neighborhoods Stevens speaks of have a problem with the department, they need to be introspective in their assessments of their community and their historically high black-on-black crime rate, rather than blaming the former chief and the department.

Francesco Rosato Jr.

The writer is a Pittsburgh police officer who works out of the Zone 4 station.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Letters

  1. Now welcome at VFW
  2. Anatomy of the pension fiasco
  3. Shine light on union pacts’ terms
  4. ATI unfair
  5. No concessions by ATI top management
  6. Why link shale gas, education?
  7. Narcan’s risks
  8. Burden eased
  9. Rose to Hall of Fame
  10. Physician-data danger
  11. Esther, the winner