City poised to settle lawsuit alleging excessive force by police outside PPG Paints Arena |

City poised to settle lawsuit alleging excessive force by police outside PPG Paints Arena

Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Council is considering the approval of a settlement in a lawsuit alleging Pittsburgh police used excessive force while arresting an Ohio man outside PPG Paints Arena in 2017.

Pittsburgh is poised to pay an Ohio man $47,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging city police used excessive force in 2017 while arresting him during a confrontation outside PPG Paints Arena that was caught on video and allegedly shows an officer punching him and slamming his head off the ground.

City Council on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would authorize the settlement. Members are expected to vote on it in coming weeks.

Daniel Adelman and his wife, Jennifer Adelman, of Ravenna, Ohio, sued the city following the Sept. 19, 2017, incident, claiming battery, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false arrest and a police policy of tolerating the use of excessive force.

Pittsburgh officials declined comment.

Pittsburgh attorney Steven Barth, who represents the Adelmans, said his clients declined comment.

“Daniel Adelman and his family are relieved that the case against the city of Pittsburgh has resolved,” he said.

The Adelmans were attending a Roger Waters concert at the arena when Daniel Adelman went outside for a cigarette and intervened in a fight between two men, according to the complaint. Adelman walked over and grabbed the larger man off the smaller man and shoved him to the side to break up the fight, the complaint says.

Pittsburgh police later said they were arresting a man wanted in Butler County on forgery charges when Adelman interfered. The officers were not in uniform.

A video taken by a bystander appears to show an officer punching Adelman and slamming his head against the ground.

Adelman was charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest and obstructing administrative law. The charges were later withdrawn.

The Adelmans sued the city, police Chief Scott Schubert, and officers Andrew Jacobs, Todd Modena, Brian Markus and Robert Palivoda. It also named Aramark Sports and Entertainment Services LLC as defendants, alleging the company served alcohol to Adelman inside the arena even though he was “visibly intoxicated.”

Messages left for Aramark’s attorneys were not returned.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-564-3080, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.