Pittsburgh, ex-police chief Nate Harper dropped from Garfield activist's lawsuit

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A federal judge today dismissed the city of Pittsburgh, its former chief of police and several other employees from a lawsuit filed by Garfield community activist Adrienne R. Young.

Ms. Young sued the city, Allegheny County and numerous employees of both in 2011. She alleged that she was arrested four times and held in jail for nearly a month improperly.

"Because probable cause existed for all four arrests, Plaintiff's claims of malicious prosecution and false arrest must fail," U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon wrote in her 23-page opinion granting a motion for summary judgment filed by the city, former chief Nate Harper and other defendants.

Ms. Young's attorney, Edward A. Olds, could not be reached for immediate comment.

Ms. Young claimed in her lawsuit that her troubles started in May 2008, when her car scraped the car of an estranged acquaintance, Thomas Doswell.

Ms. Young was arrested and later went to the city's Office of Municipal Investigations complaining that a male officer improperly patted her down at the time of the incident.

She tried to withdraw the OMI complaint but the probe proceeded anyway, according to the complaint. She claimed that subsequent arrests were retaliation for that investigation.

She was eventually found guilty of passing in a no-passing zone, but all other charges were dropped, according to the complaint.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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