Payments stopped to suspended police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich
March 1, 2016 12:12 AM
Mayor Bill Peduto
Pittsburgh has stopped all payments to suspended police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich, who has been charged with crimes including perjury connected to his arrest of an intoxicated man in November, Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday.
“When the charges were refiled, we had to suspend all pay,” the mayor said.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office had charged Sgt. Matakovich, but a district judge dismissed the case. The DA’s office refiled the charges Friday and added a felony count of perjury connected to the sergeant’s testimony during a preliminary hearing.
“Officers facing felony criminal charges … are placed on unpaid leave,” the mayor’s spokesman, Timothy McNulty, said.
The mayor said he was allowed to suspend the sergeant’s pay under the provisions of the police contract.
Sgt. Matakovich’s defense attorney referred questions about pay to the police union, representatives of which could not be reached.
In addition to perjury, Sgt. Matakovich is charged with simple assault, unsworn falsification to authorities and official oppression stemming from the violent arrest of a fan outside Heinz Field at the WPIAL football championships.
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