Three arrested during East Liberty protest in Pittsburgh police shooting case

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Pittsburgh police filed charges this morning against three people arrested at a protest Tuesday night in East Liberty supporting Leon Ford, who was shot and paralyzed by police during a traffic stop in 2012.

The protest came hours after an attorney for Mr. Ford filed in court a copy of an internal police review board report that concluded that the officers involved in the stop violated bureau policies regarding the use of firearms and audio recordings. Attorney Monte Rabner filed the report of Mr. Ford’s shooting Monday in response to efforts by the city and the officers to dismiss a lawsuit he filed against them in U.S. District Court. The shooting took place in Highland Park.

Arrested Tuesday were Kierran Young, 22, of Stanton Heights, Florence Cooper, 48, of East Liberty, and Regina Allen, 51, of Wilkinsburg.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Young "seemed to be the leader of the group" and that all three at some point disobeyed orders to disperse. Police wrote that a crowd formed in the road near the intersection of Penn and North Highland avenues about 7:30 p.m., prompting several calls to 911 and eventually made its way to the intersection of North Highland Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard, at times drawing a crowd of 75 to 100 people.

Those arrested face charges of rioting, disorderly conduct, obstructing roadways and other crimes. All three remained in custody early this morning.

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