November 27, 2018

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Another federal, civil-rights lawsuit has been filed by one of the four Pagans Motorcycle Club members attacked by drunk and belligerent Pittsburgh cops in a bar on October 12,

Erik Heitzenrater is suing the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen and police officers Brian Burgunder, David Honick, David Lincoln and Brian Martin.

Heitzenrater’s suit alleges that what happened that night in Kopy’s bar is what everybody knows happened and what Pittsburgh, its mayor, its largest newspaper and its police department have been trying to obfuscate for more than a month. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is broken. Its officers are above the law, which they are free to wield like an axe. Mayor Bill Peduto is so afraid of them that he has tried to sweep what happened at Kopy’s under a rug. And the reporters who work the cops beat in Pittsburgh are so cowed by police control of information that some local media have literally tried to hide the Kopy’s “police riot” behind a tragic mass shooting 15 days later. The general, crass idea behind that is that the drunk thug cops at Kopy’s should get a pass because four other cops acted heroically and took a bullet on the job at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The complaint alleges that Honick had at least 13 drinks, Burgunder had 19;, Martin had 14 and Lincoln downed seven.


Honick, in particular, is the kind of violent criminal police should protect people from. In 2005 he Tased Jeffrey Stephens as a kind of street justice rather than as a means to subdue an uncooperative suspect. Stephens sued and settled for a $28,500 settlement.

In 2006 Honick and another Pittsburgh cop beat David Schutz during a traffic stop. The city paid Schutz $10,000 to go away and let kept Honick keep his badge and his gun.

It cost the city $75,000 to cover for Honick in 2010 after he broke a bone in Condarcure’s face that needed two operations to fix. The city had to pay Condarcure’s mother $115,000 after she was falsely charged with witness intimidation.

The next year Honick and his wife Jennifer were both charged with assault after they got into a fight over his girlfriend. She said he punched her in the head. He said he was just laying in bed, not doing anything wrong, when his wife “sat next to him with a crazy look in her eyes.” Then she attacked him when he tried to stand up to get away from her. As he tried to escape, she accidentally hit her head.

No charges were filed. “Due to conflicting statements, the primary aggressor could not be determined at this time,” a police spokesman explained.

After the assault at Kopy’s, police arrested Frank Deluca, Bruce Thomas, Michael Zokaites and Heitzenrater for aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and riot. The charges were dropped against all four men on November 14. Deluca filed a federal suit against Honick, Burgunder and Lincoln a week later.

According to published and televised reports, the FBI is investigating the beatings at Kopy’s.


14 Responses to “Cha-Ching”

  1. Penguin Says:

    Been awhile – some important matters came up…

    Cop violence sometimes results in cops beating cops… geewhiz! Too bad! I often wonder why…but I suppose that we have known a few, and found their dedication to violence to be a corruption of their characters…especially deputy sheriffs…and I cry for their souls whenever they get hurt, don’t you?

    But to the point:

    ” Two days later, prosecutors say, that’s exactly what Boone did to one black protester. Boone, 35, and two other officers, Randy Hays, 31, and Christopher Myers, 27, threw a man to the ground and viciously kicked him and beat him with a riot baton, even though he was complying with their instructions.
    But the three police officers had no idea that the man was a 22-year police veteran working undercover, whom they beat so badly that he couldn’t eat and lost 20 pounds. On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted the three officers in the assault. They also indicted the men and another officer, Bailey Colletta, 25, for the attack. Prosecutors released text messages showing the officers bragging about assaulting protesters, with Hays even noting that “going rogue does feel good.”

  2. Austin Says:

    2 suits filed – two to go. Hey Mark – gotta light? ;) I saw that too.

  3. MtPockets Says:

    I still havent heard what the citizens review board had to say.
    Every one of those assholes should be locked up already, but nothing but crickets.

  4. Trebor Says:

    I just worry that law enforcement will ramp up the harrassment of his Club Brothers due to the lawsuit.My advice is they all have their smartphones handy and video any and all interactions.Easy way to show a pattern of misconduct.

  5. IGO Says:

    The next logical step would for all of then to join the Iron Order I would think, it sounds like they all won their Pres patches….

  6. RLG Says:

    Dear Rebel,

    Has it been reported if the plain clothes/drinking police had guns?

    Thank you for the excellent journalism.

  7. Hero Says:

    Get that Money. Blue money still spends Green!!! Only way to stop this nazi poloce force is to make ot cost TOO much!!!

  8. I.J Says:

    So between the 4 pigs they drank 53 drinks while working undercover on a stake out…… Really? Is there testimony even admissible in a court of law? When will the City of Pittsburgh cut them lose?

  9. Gooch Says:

    Another Pyrrhic victory. . . For those not up on Pyrrhic essentially it boiled down to this. . A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat.. .Rebel On! Gooch

  10. Mark Says:

    Wow, look at the ashtrays on the bar. Like looking back in time at another world, smoking at the bar.

  11. Aanon Says:

    Honick: stand up man. There’s one never heard before. Use the badge, beat his broad yup, we found one. A stand up, do good cop.

  12. popeye Says:

    Fuck the police

  13. Base Says:

    I wonder how long before the cops defense claim the video’s have been altered.

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