PublicSource reviewed the cases because federal court is typically the referee of last resort in disputes between citizens and police. Officials sometimes portray the court as a backstop against other systems’ shortcomings. Scholars of law enforcement, though, view federal court as an uneven playing field on which results have little to do with the severity of a constitutional violation or the injuries caused.September 29, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/allegheny-county-pittsburgh-federal-court-use-of-force-police-lawsuit-payouts/
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Pittsburgh spent about $252.7 million to pay 4,037 employees in 2019, a PublicSource review of salary data shows. That figure comprises salary, overtime and bonuses, and represents a roughly 7% increase over the 2018, when the city had 55 fewer employees.June 25, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/what-did-the-city-of-pittsburgh-spend-on-salaries-and-overtime-in-2019-explore-the-data/
Mekka Lloyd, a student at Obama Academy, grapples with how to make progress on the pandemic of racism and balance her views with what her beloved grandmother shares about her own experiences and the history of the Civil Rights Movement.June 16, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/from-the-source-podcast-episode-13-the-student-and-her-grandma-an-intergenerational-view-on-civil-rights/
As protesters locally and globally cry out against police use of force, Pittsburgh and its police union are in the midst of a legal and contractual tussle over how officers are questioned after they hurt or kill members of the public.June 11, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/when-police-shoot-or-kill-who-investigates-pittsburgh-police-union-wrestle-over-process/
Pittsburgh resident Kim Neely was taking the pandemic in stride. It was a relief, to some degree. And it was because her family was home alongside her, and that makes a big difference for the Black mom of two Black boys and wife of a Black man. On this episode, she shares how she's been impacted by the movement against racism and police brutality and the experience of taking her son to his first protest.June 9, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/from-the-source-podcast-episode-12-a-mom-of-boys-navigates-the-pandemic-and-fight-for-justice/
Pittsburghers gather in anti-racism rallies at Point State Park and Mount Washington on the ninth day of protests in the city
Several hundred people lay in the grass and the walking path at Point State Park on Sunday for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time prosecutors said Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on the neck of George Floyd before he died.June 7, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburghers-share-experiences-with-racism-and-privilege-during-rally-against-police-brutality/
When we do nothing in the face of racism and brutality, we represent Amy Cooper and Derek Chauvin. We are complicit.
Has racism by white people against Black people in this country hit a crescendo? Or is it simply a perpetuation — albeit now publicly consumable — of the same white supremacy we have seen in the United States for more than 400 years?June 3, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/when-we-do-nothing-in-the-face-of-racism-and-brutality-we-represent-amy-cooper-and-derek-chauvin-we-are-complicit/
Since the pandemic began to affect Allegheny County, Lorenzo Ruilli has been hiking under bridges and through urban brush to help the homeless. On this episode, learn how he is putting together bags of food and hygiene products and why he does it.May 12, 2020 | https://www.publicsource.org/episode-8-the-advocate-whose-social-media-followers-are-helping-him-help-the-homeless/