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

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 The charges were later withdrawn.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.

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