City Disbands Police Dept. After Protests, Now Community Upset With Consequences
East Pittsburgh, PA – East Pittsburgh residents gathered on Monday to express their concerns about the rise in violent crime and the lack of police officers patrolling their neighborhood just eight months after they disbanded the East Pittsburgh Police Department.
The East Pittsburgh Borough Council voted to dissolve the borough’s police department in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Antwon Rose.
The council notified the Pennsylvania State Police on Nov. 13, 2018 that they were going to need coverage from that agency as of Nov. 30, 2018, while they worked to come up with a long-term solution...
...When the East Pittsburgh Police Department was disbanded, city officials promised they were in the middle of talks to launch a multi-community police force that would cover their territory...
...However, residents began complaining about the lack of police presence the day after the East Pittsburgh police shut down when there was no obvious state police presence on their streets.
“They’re supposed to be learning the streets and all that,” East Pittsburgh resident Sean Andrejco complained to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s why the problem started. It was a young cop who didn’t know what he was doing.”
The dissolution of the police department had been a part of borough council discussions for years, but the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Rose by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld on June 19, 2018 brought the matter to a head.
...almost five months later, residents of East Pittsburgh have found themselves in a dangerous pickle, having gotten rid of its police force before a local alternative was put in place.
The community has continued to complain about the lack of police presence on their streets and there’s no concrete plan as of yet to solve the problem.
When the Pennsylvania State Police took over police services in the borough, Trooper Melinda Bondarenka explained that on-duty troopers would not be spending their time specifically patrolling East Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Trooper Bondarenka said troopers would continue their usual highway patrol duties in a larger zone that would also include the borough of East Pittsburgh.
“They will be in and out of the borough,” she said....
Good people of East Pittsburg, would it ever occur to you to coordinate police coverage before you decide to eliminate your PD? And remember the state police's primary mission is on the state highways, not local law enforcement?
This is what happens when you have idiots in position of authority. Good luck people of East Pittsburg. Might I suggest you vote out the morons who put you in this position first.