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File #: 2020-0405    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 6/8/2020 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: 6/9/2020 Final action: 7/28/2020
Enactment date: 7/28/2020 Enactment #: 26
Effective date: 7/31/2020    
Title: Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title One -- Administrative, Article III - Organization, Chapter 116: Department of Public Safety, to add a new subsection, ? 116.02A - "Duty to Intervene", by requiring sworn and unsworn police employees and officers to stop or attempt to stop another employee or officer from applying inappropriate force or knowingly depriving any person of any constitutionally or statutorily-guaranteed right. (Cablecast Public Hearing held 7/15/20 & Cablecast Post Agenda held 7/16/20)
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, R. Daniel Lavelle
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
7/31/20202 Mayor Signed by the Mayor  Action details Meeting details
7/28/20202 City Council Passed FinallyPass Action details Meeting details
7/22/20202 Standing Committee AMENDED BY SUBSTITUTEPass Action details Meeting details
7/22/20202 Standing Committee Affirmatively Recommended as AmendedPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
7/16/20201 Post Agenda Post Agenda Held  Action details Meeting details Video Video
7/15/20201 Committee on Hearings Public Hearing Held  Action details Meeting details
6/17/20201 Standing Committee Held for Cablecast Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
6/9/20201 City Council Read and referred  Action details Meeting details
Title
Ordinance supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title One -- Administrative, Article III - Organization, Chapter 116: Department of Public Safety, to add a new subsection, ? 116.02A - "Duty to Intervene", by requiring sworn and unsworn police employees and officers to stop or attempt to stop another employee or officer from applying inappropriate force or knowingly depriving any person of any constitutionally or statutorily-guaranteed right.
(Cablecast Public Hearing held 7/15/20 & Cablecast Post Agenda held 7/16/20)

Body
Whereas, on December 23, 2019, the Honorable William M. Peduto, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, signed into law Resolution Number 843 of 2019, declaring racism a "public health crisis" in the City of Pittsburgh, a Home Rule municipality and political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and,

Whereas, the City of Pittsburgh recognizes the history of racism in Pittsburgh and the country, and how it has led to many current-day disparities in education, health and safety, job attainment, income and wealth, housing and healthcare, harmful, injurious and at times, deadly interactions with police officers, disproportionate rates of incarceration for people of color and other pernicious systems of injustice; and,

Whereas, the City of Pittsburgh is a home rule municipality, a city of the second class and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and,

Whereas, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ("Pennsylvania Constitution"), Article I, ? 26, states as follows: "Neither the Commonwealth nor any political subdivision thereof shall deny to any person the enjoyment of any civil right, nor discriminate against any person in the exercise of any civil right"; and,

Whereas, the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States mandates that, "No person shall be ... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.."; and,

Whereas, the Fourteenth Amendment to th...

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