Pittsburgh Police Pagans Preamble

March 11, 2019

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Pittsburgh Police Pagans Preamble

On October 4, 2018, eight days before four drunken Pittsburgh cops attacked four Pagan Motorcycle Club members in a bald-faced declaration that local police are above the law, an Allegheny County Investigating Grand Jury issued a blistering report accusing the Pittsburgh Police Department and the local police union of attempting to obstruct justice during the investigation of the killing of a man named Christopher Mark Thompkins in January 2017.

The four, drunken cops who instigated and then tried to cover up the October 12 attack in Kopy’s bar are Brian Martin, David Honick, Brian Burgunder and David Lincoln. The four Pagans whoe were attacked are Frank Deluca, Michael Zokaites, Erik Heitzenrater and Bruce Thomas. Three of the Pagans have filed civil suits. Zokaites filed a federal suit alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by both the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police.

In a separate report, the Grand Jury found that Brendan Flicker and Harrison Maddox, the officers who shot and killed Thompkins, “acted in accordance with their training.”

Appearance Of Impropriety

In the introduction to its 102-page report, the Grand Jury states that conduct similar to what happened after the Kopy’s incident “led to the appearance of impropriety on the part of the officers involved in the critical incidents. Our initial impression was that not only the shooting officers, but also the witness officers, were refusing to cooperate with a transparent and thorough investigation into critical incidents within the City of Pittsburgh. Such a lack of cooperation led to an inference that officers were “covering up” what had happened and raised questions regarding the integrity of critical incident investigations within the City of Pittsburgh Police Department. However, our investigation revealed that this lack of cooperation was actually orchestrated by FOP President (Robert) Swartzwelder, who fought at every stage to ensure those tasked with overseeing the investigation would not be provided with all the facts and evidence necessary to determine whether the Officers were justified in their actions. His efforts were effective, in part, because the command staff from the City Police acquiesced to many of Swartzwelder’s demands and did not enforce long-standing policies on conducting critical incident investigations.”

The report was not made public until last December. When it was, the police department failed to comment.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who had already come to the defense of the police involved in the Kopy’s incident, issued a statement that asserted the that the city had cooperated fully with the Grand jury and that review procedures in place when Thompkins was killed had changed.

The FOP issued a written statement that said several factual claims in the report “are not accurate.”

The FOP strongly objected “to the report’s conclusions regarding the impropriety of Swartzwelder’s conduct.”

“He represents the rank and file police officers,” the FOP said. “His job is not to represent the city. His job is not to help the district attorney prosecute police. Nor is his job to be overly concerned about the public relations aspect of how the advice given to his members by union reps and union attorneys might play in the media.”

Deliberate Malfeasance

It does seem likely, though, that the Grand Jury’s words are likely to reverberate in at least Zokaites’ civil RICO case. The Grand Jury summarized its findings like this:

“The report contained herein represents the culmination of an extensive inquiry by this Investigative Body into the actions and lack thereof by the City of Pittsburgh Police command staff, uniformed law enforcement officers of that department, and union representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge #1 (herein “FOP”) in relation to officer-involved shootings, otherwise known as critical incidents. In making this inquiry, we have been guided by the principle that, when a critical incident occurs, the public expects a thorough and transparent criminal investigation to take place. To that end, this Grand Jury found that in recent investigations, the Pittsburgh Police Department failed to meet those expectations. We attribute that failure to an improper policy of self-policing, the inability of command staff to balance their law enforcement duties and administrative responsibilities under that policy, and the deliberate malfeasance of the President of the FOP, Robert Swartzwelder, who has acted with utter disregard to the policies and ethical standards promulgated by the Pittsburgh Police.

“While we do find failures within the investigative process and malfeasance by those who attempted to impede criminal investigations, we also find that the loose manner in which police command staff conducted their supervision of the critical incidents at issue precludes this Grand Jury from issuing a presentment alleging conduct that would rise to the level of criminal obstruction. In the two critical incident investigations examined, we found that those who were responsible for maintaining the integrity of these active criminal investigations instead allowed heavy-handed tactics by the FOP to dictate police procedure. Consequently, we are left to wonder why those in positions of authority allowed the disruptive conduct of a Union official to go unchallenged when an ordinary civilian who behaved in the same manner could have found himself in police custody.”

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15 Responses to “Pittsburgh Police Pagans Preamble”

  1. Tooj Says:

    When the police investigate the police…

  2. david Says:

    Because the FOP is a fascist organization masquerading as a union, FOP President Robert Swartzwelder orchestrated a fight, (at EVERY STAGE) of a critical incident investigation, to ENSURE those tasked with the investigation “would not be provided with all the facts and evidence NECESSARY to DETERMINE whether” pigs were justified in their actions.And, he was also able to get command staff to violate long-standing investigative policies.

    And apparently, City Council members AND the City Manager,who can fire the pig-chiefs ass, do nothing about Swartzwelder’s OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.The real men, who fought in the Revolutionary War, and those who framed this country, are probably spinning in their graves.

  3. Tricky Tramp Says:

    Hey Rebel.
    I guess you have probably seen this but maybe a lot of your readers have not.
    Respects T.Tramp

    http://www.motorcycleprofilingproject.com/statistics-prove-motorcycle-clubs-not-threat/

  4. Phuquehed Says:

    The only good pigs, are those not breathing.

  5. white witch Says:

    Cops protecting cops. nothing surprising, happens all over the country every day.
    luckily these guys have a video or else they would be the ones getting sued.
    Hope they clean their clocks.

    ride free
    white witch

  6. Corrupt Says:

    “Consequently, we are left to wonder why those in positions of authority allowed the disruptive conduct of a Union official to go unchallenged when an ordinary civilian who behaved in the same manner could have found himself in police custody.”

    This says it all.

  7. Lurch Says:

    As I have stated before… Cops are the largest criminal GANG there is.

    Federal definition. The federal definition of gang as used by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is [1]:

    An association of three or more individuals;
    Whose members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity, which they use to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation, frequently by employing one or more of the following: a common name, slogan, identifying sign, symbol, tattoo or other physical marking, style or color of clothing, hairstyle, hand sign or graffiti;
    Whose purpose in part is to engage in criminal activity and which uses violence or intimidation to further its criminal objectives.
    Whose members engage in criminal activity or acts of juvenile delinquency that if committed by an adult would be crimes with the intent to enhance or preserve the association’s power, reputation or economic resources.
    The association may also possess some of the following characteristics:
    The members may employ rules for joining and operating within the association.
    The members may meet on a recurring basis.
    The association may provide physical protection of its members from others.
    The association may seek to exercise control over a particular geographic location or region, or it may simply defend its perceived interests against rivals.
    The association may have an identifiable structure.

    Both the Department of Justice and ICE have distinct definitions for transnational organized crime and gangs. The federal definition of gangs excludes drug trafficking organizations, terrorist organizations, traditional organized crime groups, such as La Cosa Nostra, and groups that fall within the Department of Justice’s definition of transnational organized crime.

  8. freebird Says:

    Fuck Rebel…..

    City of Pittsburgh just posted hiring in the legal department for those with vast knowledge in

    How the fuck do we spin this turd……..

  9. jrino Says:

    This crap will subside When more cameras are used on the cops. Video everything these criminals do!

  10. david Says:

    @ Masonic. With a look @ FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE (meechadiniTV) 3:11 min. video @ you-tube, you may see just how well FOP’s “protect” officers.

    After viewing: Fraternal Order of Police, The Masonic Military @ u-tube, then tell us how FOP’s ain’t Masons.

  11. Masonic reader Says:

    The FOP is “the world’s largest organization of sworn police officers” but it is NOT a Masonic lodge.

    The organization has lodges, much as Elks, Moose, and other organizations, but they are not Masonic.

    And hopefully the citizens of Pittsburgh will see that the FOP is dedicated only to protecting the officers and not the citizens.

  12. Parsifal Says:

    I hear a voice in my head ….. it says COLLUSION, COLLUSION, COLLUSION, COLLUSION. Police Unions? The largest criminal organization in the U.S.A., always has been always will be.

  13. david Says:

    For info pertaining to the FOP as the Masonic terror-istic organization it truly is, please see: Fraternal Order of Police, The Masonic Military @ u-tube. 32 minutes of the completely excusable use of the “fuck” word, in relation to the pig fuckers.

    The FOP has described the creation of police review boards as a “sinister movement against law enforcement”. The FOP having it’s beginning in PITTSBURG, PA in 1915, of all fucking places.

  14. david Says:

    Factually, the FOP Lodge is the largest Masonic Lodge based on membership, in the entire U.S. These Lodge members took an internal membership oath to support their Lodge brothers actions, irrespective of any laws.

  15. Potmetal Says:

    Until they face the same laws they use to rip away other Americans freedoms they will persist. This is about maintaining power. Losses open them up to further scrutiny, and they can’t be having folks know about their deeds.

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