The Allegheny County district attorney's office will determine whether charges are warranted in the case of a phony news release circulated last month that claimed the Pittsburgh police union no longer supported three officers under investigation for the beating of a Homewood teen last year.
Plainclothes detectives have completed their investigation and turned their files over to the district attorney's office for review, Detective James Glick said, though he declined to comment further about their probe.
"The DA has the file," he said. "Wherever they direct us, that's where we'll go."
District attorney spokesman Mike Manko confirmed the review but said he had no other information on the case.
Police have said they are considering charges ranging from trademark infringement and identity theft to forgery, as the names of the police union president and vice president appeared on the news release. The five-paragraph letter, under distorted union letterhead, claimed the union had changed its position on the Jordan Miles case, which its leaders immediately denied.