Legislation has been introduced by Pittsburgh City Council which will pay a woman from North Apollo $115,000 in settlement of a federal lawsuit which accuses the city police of falsely arresting her back in 2010.
The 50 year old woman says that during a hearing for her son in May 2010, she accidently brushed against a witness. Nothing further happened and there was no future contact with the witness.
Her son had been arrested in February 2010 at a bar room scuffle in Station Square by Officer David Honick. However, another officer, Anthony Scarpine said in a criminal affidavit that she had spoken to and elbowed the witness.
In the lawsuit brought by the woman, she maintains that Scarpine made up the details of the incident and in addition alleges that Honick also participated in the false arrest.
There was no comment on the incident from the City Solicitor, Lourdes Sanchez Ridge, nor Howard McQuillan, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1.
There have been a number of false arrest and police brutality cases in the city over the past several years. While the vast majority of police officers are doubtlessly hardworking and honest individuals, these cases show that the public continues to be victim to the occasional police bad apple.
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