Brighton Heights woman sues city, county over 2012 arrests

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Claiming that she was twice arrested while her assailant walked free, Nicole Kenney, 39, of Brighton Heights has sued the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

According to the complaint filed late Thursday in federal court, Ms. Kenney was attacked by a woman wielding a noxious spray in June 2012. Ms. Kenney claimed that she was not allowed by police to file a report against her assailant, whose name she did not then know.

Officers then arrested Ms. Kenney on charges of assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to her complaint filed by attorney Robert M. Owsiany. She was jailed on $75,000 bond, until the charges were dismissed Aug. 1.

The same woman sprayed Ms. Kenney again later that month, according to the complaint. The woman got to police before Ms. Kenney did, according to the complaint. Officers again filed charges against Ms. Kenney, and again a judge dismissed them.

Ms. Kenney claimed that either or both governments caused her anguish and loss of income by violating her rights to due process and to be secure. A county spokeswoman declined comment. Representatives of the city did not comment Saturday.


Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published July 5, 2014 12:00 AM


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