The Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board is seeking a court order that would force Chief Nathan Harper to comply with a subpoena requesting documentation of the bureau's handling of the G-20 Summit.
A hearing on the matter will be held before Senior Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. on Feb. 5.
The civilian review board sent a formal request to the Office of Municipal Investigations in November asking for reports stemming from 29 individual arrests during G-20 activities, as well as information related to the police department's operations for the event.
Three weeks later, Paul D. Krepps, an attorney hired to represent the city in the matter, issued a blanket denial, calling the requests "excessively burdensome," and said that they went beyond the review board's scope of responsibility and purpose.
Following Mr. Krepps' letter, the board issued a subpoena to Chief Harper, again requesting various documentation.
Attorneys for both parties met on Dec. 11. During the 90-minute meeting, the board's motion said that Mr. Krepps indicated that providing many of the requested documents would be "no problem."
But by Dec. 21, the only information that was provided were heavily redacted copies of five of the 29 requested arrest reports, and nothing about police operations.
"There is evidence of a vexatious, obstructionist basis for the Bureau's Dec. 21, 2009, non-compliance with the subpoena," said a motion filed yestereday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. It also said that the denial of documents "suggests a desire to impede" the board's investigation.
Reached last evening, Mr. Krepps said the city would respond to the motion in court.
Paula Reed Ward can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-2620.