Police: Pitt's Sheard ignored order to stop fighting
July 20, 2010 4:00 AM
A sheet of plywood covers the front door of La Fond Galleries, on the South Side. Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard allegedly threw a man through this door.
Keith Srakocic/Associated Press
Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been suspended indefinitely after being accused of throwing another man through the glass door of an art gallery. Police say Sheard was in a fight early Sunday and had to be pepper sprayed after he threw the man through the door of La Fond Galleries in the South Side.
By Torsten Ove Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pitt football player Jabaal Sheard refused to stop fighting on a South Side street early Sunday and then hurled another man through a glass door even after a police officer hit him repeatedly with his baton, according to court papers.
Sheard, a 21-year-old starting defensive end from Hollywood, Fla., was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in the incident outside La Fond Galleries on East Carson Street.
Sheard, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior, has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Pittsburgh police Officer Garrett Brown was finishing an off-duty detail and was on his way home at about 2 a.m. when he heard that a group of men were fighting in the street. He said he saw two men fighting and called for backup from Zone 3, then approached the men and yelled at them to stop.
"[Sheard] refused to listen to my commands to stop fighting," the officer wrote in an affidavit, "and continued to punch the victim, Edward Parker, in the face and to the body."
Parker, 27, of Stanton Heights, was knocked into the doorway of La Fond Gallery. Brown and other city officers tried to break up the fight, but Sheard would not stop, according to the affidavit, even after Brown hit him in the torso with his baton.
"At that time Sheard then grabbed Parker by the clothing and threw him through the glass front door of the gallery," Brown wrote.
As Parker lay on his back inside the gallery, bleeding, Sheard continued to punch him in the face, according to the affidavit.
Another officer then used OC spray on both men to subdue them and officers handcuffed Sheard.
He was taken to the county jail and faces a preliminary hearing in city court July 28.
Parker, who suffered cuts and bruises to his head and face, refused to go to the hospital with paramedics; his girlfriend drove him instead.
Brown said the scene was hard to control because Sheard's actions drew a large crowd, and he said the incident caused other officers to respond on a busy evening, taking them away from their regular duties.
The damage to the gallery door was estimated at $600 to $1,000.
Brown said he didn't know why the men were fighting, but he said he'll confer with the district attorney's office to determine whether Parker should also be charged for his role.
Sheard started all 13 games for Pitt last season, made 42 tackles and led the team in quarterback hurries each of the past two years.
Plywood covers the front door of La Fond Galleries on the 1700 block of East Carson Street on the South Side. According to court papers, Pitt defensive end Jabaal Sheard refused to stop fighting early Sunday and hurled a man through a glass door even while a police officer was hitting Sheard repeatedly with a baton.