- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A prosecutor says he’ll refile criminal charges against a Pittsburgh police officer who arrested an allegedly drunk man at a high school championship football game in November.

A district judge on Monday dismissed charges of simple assault and official oppression against Sgt. Stephen Matakovich, who remains on paid leave.

Matakovich’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Friday on the decision announced by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr.

The judge tossed the charges even after a city police expert reviewed security video of the arrest and testified Matakovich wasn’t justified in pushing the man down and striking him. The officer testified he felt the man was about to attack him.

Zappala says the evidence clearly shows probable cause, so it’s up to a jury to decide guilt or innocence.

The FBI is also reviewing the incident.



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