Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force

Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force

A cadre of Democratic lawmakers announced Tuesday a push to re-examine the state’s use-of-force guidelines for law enforcement, weeks after a jury in Allegheny County acquitted an officer in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Antwon Rose. 

The effort is led by Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny), who represents the district where Rose was shot and killed by former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld during a traffic stop in 2018. 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Wheatley proposes legalizing adult use cannabis

Wheatley proposes legalizing adult use cannabis

Legislators joined Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) Monday as he announced the introduction of House Bill 50, which would legalize adult use cannabis for those who are over the age of 21. 

The bill would allow for someone who is 21 or older to purchase cannabis and to possess up to six plants, only three of which could be mature at the same time.

Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Wheatley rallies support for marijuana legalization

Wheatley rallies support for marijuana legalization

At a rally for marijuana reform in Pittsburgh Friday, Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) announced that he will introduce legislation that would effectively legalize recreational use of cannabis in Pennsylvania within the week. 

“If we trust our citizens to choose who will represent them in Harrisburg then we should trust them to decide whether or not to engage in recreational uses of cannabis,” Wheatley said.

While medical marijuana is legal, and Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have already decriminalized it, Wheatley feels that’s not enough to undo the damage of the tough drug policies of the ‘80s. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Following the shooting of 17 year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June, western Pennsylvania legislators vowed to come back with steps to reduce police violence.

Today, three months later, Pittsburgh House and Senate Democrats unveiled a slate of measures to reform law enforcement training practices, police oversight, and improve mental health counseling and cultural awareness in an effort to head off rising tensions between residents and police. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain

While some Democrats have come out strong for new policy in the wake of the shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. in Pittsburgh several weeks ago, the legislation might not be received warmly.

An East Pittsburgh police officers shot and killed Rose, a 17-year-old unarmed black teen, while he was fleeing a traffic stop on June 19. The police officer was arrested, and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he was pursuing murder charges.
Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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