Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

On most days, the Pittsburgh City-County Building is a firearm-free zone, but on Monday, anyone on Grant Street would have seen a structure surrounded by hundreds of gun advocates.

Many of the advocates were armed with handguns and rifles, and the occasional musket, as they rallied against Mayor Bill Peduto and a package of gun control legislation introduced by Pittsburgh City Council last month.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Pittsburgh funds body cameras for entire force, but FOP questions remain

Just over 100 police officers in Pittsburgh currently wear body cameras. But after a unanimous vote Thursday by Pittsburgh City Council, the city will now have $2.3 million to supply the other 800 officers on the force.

According to Councilman Daniel Lavelle (D-District 6), the funding is an extension of an existing contract with AXON Enterprise, Inc. increasing the cost from $1.5 million.

Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council introduces legislation to create police review board

Allegheny County Council introduces legislation to create police review board

After a summer of public input, Allegheny County Council introduced an ordinance to create a countywide citizens’ police review board Tuesday.

The legislation comes in the wake of calls for reform from community that followed the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June, but County Councilman DeWitt Walton (D-Hill District) and review board backer said the move is a long time coming.

“As we’ve said on numerous occasions, this legislation is designed to protect the rights of residents of Allegheny County but it also protects the rights of law enforcement,” Walton said.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council finalizes budget

Pittsburgh council finalizes budget

Pittsburgh City Council approved the city’s first capital budget post-Act 47 status Tuesday, but not without hearing considerable criticism beforehand.

At the culmination of a month long effort,  two dozen affordable housing advocates testified before council that only restoring a portion of the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s financial support from the city wasn’t enough to combat displacement within the city.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city councilmembers, joined by Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators, announced a package of gun control legislation Friday. 

The move comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in October which left 11 dead and seven injured, while the official announcement was held on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4), whose district includes the synagogue, said the tragedy was a call to action to not accept gun violence as the norm. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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