City, county and community officials met Friday to try to salvage a plan to change security procedures around South Side nightlife.
For more than a year community leaders, bar and restaurant owners and community groups had been working on plans to start pairing 20 off-duty police next month with 10 on-duty officers to patrol the rowdy East Carson street corridor. City public safety director Michael Huss rejected the plan on Wednesday due to the ongoing federal investigation into how the police bureau handles payments for off-duty details.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. on Friday called another meeting of the stakeholders, who included Mr. Huss, Councilman Bruce Kraus, city police and finance officials, and South Side business leaders.
"I thought we made a valid argument as to why we have to move ahead with this now, due to the time of the year and the summer busy season coming, and the fact everybody is at the table," Mr. Kraus said.