Pagan Punches Back

November 21, 2018

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Pagan Punches Back

Frank DeLuca, the most seriously beaten of four Pagan Motorcycle Club members after an ugly incident at Kopy’s bar on October 12, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh police detectives Brian Burgunder, David Honick and David Lincoln. A fourth officer involved in the incident, Brian Martin, is not a respondent to the suit.

The complaint describes the police officers as “Four drunks in a saloon who were becoming obnoxious in demeanor for no reason other than their visible intoxication.”

The suit alleges that the drunks did not identify themselves as police officers to the four Pagans but did identify themselves as police to the bartender and demanded they he evict the Pagans because they were “dangerous.”

Police Riot

The suit also alleges that the drunken police blocked the exit and that Honick repeatedly brandished a handgun in an attempt to intimidate the four motorcycle club members. In his complaint, DeLuca says he pushed Honick because he felt intimidated and unable to escape. The suit described what happened next as a “police riot.”

Burguinder restrained DeLuca by grabbing him by the hair and arms while a uniformed officer pepper-sprayed him in the face and Honick and Lincoln punched him in the face and head 30 times.

After he was beaten and hospitalized, DeLuca was charged with five counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and riot. Pagans Michael Zokaites, Erik Hertzrater and Bruce Thomas were also charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and riot.

No Comment

The manufactured charges were the first step in a coverup intended to protect the drunken officers from the consequences of their actions. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported that “four narcotics detectives were working undercover,” at Kopy’s because the bar had been “the target of complaints about being a site for drug dealing.”

The paper reported that Deluca became enraged after a sergeant and a uniformed officer arrived. According to the official account, Deluca “would not listen to police…and started kicking and punching.”
According to published and telecast accounts, the incident is being investigated by the FBI.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages and the costs of the suit. Neither the city nor the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police have commented on the suit.


10 Responses to “Pagan Punches Back”

  1. RamGutz Says:

    JW Crawford, I also found this video and breakdown of the events. hopefully this will clear up some falsehoods dished out by the police and the city of pittsburg.

    about halfway down the page second article there is a surveillance video posted, very enlightening.

  2. J Rock Says:

    I can’t believe the mayor honestly thought he could defend this. Of course the paper is trying to hide the truth. Go get em Mt. Deluca

  3. freebird Says:

    I hope Deluca gets enough coin to buy the sled of his dreams

    He earned it the hard way…..

    Don’t have any illusions that the city of Pittsburgh gives two shits about how much it will cost to make this go away

    Others people’s money is great until it runs out

  4. stroker Says:

    James W. Crawford……I believe the video provided on this link shows what you’re asking for:

    Courtesy of Rebel

  5. James W Crawford Says:

    I would really like to see raw, unedited video of this assault rather than prejudicially edited video embedded in news broadcasts.

    I had noticed that the Pagan “threw the first shove,” but an accurate video of the provocation and disproportionate response is needed to put it in perspective.

  6. Iron Rider Says:

    Another police lawsuit settlement about to cost the taxpayers a bundle because of high stupidity of cops, this time because of drunken cops looking to pick a fight. Go get em frank!

  7. Mad Midget Says:

    Should file a separate suit against that shithead mayor for bein’ a dumb cocksucker~~~ It’s no wonder the Pittsburg cops don’t know how to act in public, with that idiot signing their paychecks. Hope you get all their nuts on a platter, Mr. DeLuca!!!!!

  8. Paladin Says:

    Hopefully; these assholes at the very least will be fired, losing their pensions.


  9. FF Says:

    I have little faith in the FBI investigation or the US District Attorney bringing an indictment against these goons, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the city of Pittsburgh is already pulling an all niter to come up with an offer to settle this out of court.

    Mr. DeLuca, I’ve had a several brain injuries:

    Emphasize CONSTANT RINGING IN THE EARS (Tinnitus)

    key word is CONSTANT

    Chronic and Acute vertigo, nausea and vomiting.

    Loss of memory

    Chronic and Acute disorientation (example: while driving you forget where you are going or why)

    I legitimately suffer from all of these symptoms as I’m sure that you do, HOWEVER if you wish to be compensated fully there are key terms that must be in the medical reports. Make sure the documents that are submitted for revue are worded correctly. One missing verb or adjective can be the difference up to 70%.

  10. Oregon Moose Says:

    Good for you Mr. DeLuca!! I very much hope that your lawsuit is successful and that the repercussions are extremely painful for the city of Pittsburgh, especially the police officers directly involved.

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