WATCH: Woman Arrested, Beat By Cop for Standing Up to Anti-Gay Activists at Pittsburgh Pride [UPDATED]
UPDATE: [6/16/204, 4:17 p.m.]: According to edgeonthenet.com, the police officer depicted in the video below “has been put on desk duty after video surfaced showing him punching a woman at the city’s gay pride parade and festival. Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday the officer will remain on restricted duty for a month during an internal investigation.” More here.
Things turned hairy at Pittsburgh Pride this weekend when a young woman confronted a group of anti-gay activists who were protesting in the crowd. Her actions not only got her arrested, but, for some unknown reason, spurred a cop to beat her. A video has surfaced of the altercation that has LGBT rights groups fuming. Calls have been made for a formal investigation. Pittsburgh advocacy group The Delta Foundation, an organization that sponsors the Pride celebration, also released this statement:
Following an extremely successful Pittsburgh Pride 2014 which included record crowds all weekend, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh was concerned to learn about a video of an incident between a City of Pittsburgh Police officer and an attendee. We are working closely with Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar, Acting Chief Regina McDonald, the Office of Municipal Investigations, and the Citizen Police Review Board to review the incident and take appropriate action.
Check out the video, which, word of caution, is a bit disturbing, below.
Source: LGBTQ Nation