Officer involved in controversial arrest taken off street duty

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The Pittsburgh police officer whose arrest last month of a teacher in Homewood angered community groups was temporarily transferred this week to the bureau's warrant office.

Officer Jonathan Gromek, a 7-year veteran of the force, had been on normal duty working out of the city's Zone 5 station in Highland Park.

News of his transfer came after the Allegheny County district attorney said Tuesday he was going to withdraw the charges against Dennis Henderson, 38, of the North Side, pending the outcome of a review by the Office of Municipal Investigations.

Deputy police Chief Paul Donaldson said Officer Gromek has been assigned to the warrant office until the OMI investigation is completed.

Detective Michael Benner, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1, said today that the police union plans to file a grievance opposing the move.

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