Coverage of the altercation June 26 in Homewood, which resulted in the handcuffing of two middle-aged, unarmed men and the arrest of one, cited the shortage of police officers and the crime rate in the area served by the Zone 5 station in East Liberty.
Despite these conditions, Zone 5 managed to produce at least 11 officers, if not more, including a canine unit, to subdue these men, one a city school teacher, the other a photographer. Their crime seemed to be criticism of an officer's driving. Oh, and they're black and the officer is white. The occasion was a meeting of community activists concerned about police behavior.
The absurdity of the incident is just another indication of a leaderless police force in need of reform, something a national search for a qualified police chief outside the Pittsburgh ranks warrants.