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File #: 2022-0032    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Held in Standing Committee
File created: 1/14/2022 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: 7/6/2022 Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
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Title: Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title One: Administrative, Article Three: Organization, Chapter 116: Department of Public Safety by adding a new section, "? 116.17 - Regulation of Pedestrians Stops by Officers of the Bureau of Police."
Sponsors: Reverend Ricky V. Burgess, Bruce A. Kraus
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 01 - ADMINISTRATIVE
Title
Ordinance amending and supplementing the Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances, Title One: Administrative, Article Three: Organization, Chapter 116: Department of Public Safety by adding a new section, "? 116.17 - Regulation of Pedestrians Stops by Officers of the Bureau of Police."

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Whereas, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics describes "law enforcement" as: "the agencies and employees responsible for enforcing laws, maintaining public order, and managing public safety. The primary duties of law enforcement include the investigation, apprehension, and detention of individuals suspected of criminal offenses.", https://bjs.ojp.gov/topics/law-enforcement; and,

Whereas, ? 301 of the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter states, "[t]he legislative power of the City shall be vested in a council."; and,

Whereas, the Act of March 7, 1901, P.L. 20, art. XIX, ? 3, 53 P.S. ? 23103, which states, "Every city of the second class, in its corporate capacity, is authorized and empowered to enact ordinances for the following purposes, in addition to the other powers granted by this act."; and,

Whereas, among those purposes enumerated is the Act of March 7, 1901, P.L. 20, art. XIX, ? 3, cl. XVI, 53 P.S. ? 23120, which states, "To regulate the police of the city ..., for the benefit of the city."; and,

Whereas, Ordinance 21 of 2011, effective October 20, 2011, adopted by City Council in the wake of the vicious attack, by non-uniformed Bureau officers of Jordan Miles, then a teenager from Homewood North, required the Bureau of Police to account for, in its Annual Report, detailed statistics of field contacts resulting in warrantless searches and/or seizures; and,

Whereas, the citizens of Pittsburgh urge the Bureau of Police to take steps to help protect what the public has decided as the appropriate level of public order; and,

Whereas, such changes will aid the City in living up to its affirmative obligation to obey Article I, ?? 8, 26, 28 and 29 of the Co...

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