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Woman who protested police beating at PNC Park fined $1,000

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A district judge on Tuesday dismissed an aggravated assault charge against a woman who protested a man's violent arrest at PNC Park, but found her guilty of three summary offenses.

Pittsburgh police arrested Amanda Harle, 30, of Mt. Lebanon, whom PNC Park personnel attempted to eject from the April 9 game. Harle loudly questioned police why they hit Scott James Ashley, 41, of Friendship with batons and arrested him after he struck a park employee, according to criminal complaints.

Someone posted video of Ashley's arrest on YouTube, attracting hundreds of thousands of views.

Once she was handcuffed, Harle tried to kick a police officer, according to a complaint against her. At a preliminary hearing in Pittsburgh Municipal Court, District Judge James Hanley Jr. found Harle guilty of summary harassment, defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct, and ordered her to pay $1,038.50.

Harle's employer, KDKA, suspended her because of the arrest, according to her attorney, Robert DelGreco.

"To some extent, she regrets the consequences of her expressions," DelGreco said.

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