PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh’s public safety director has upheld the firing of a police officer whose arrest of a drunken man has drawn FBI scrutiny.
The police union says Sgt. Stephen Matakovich will now appeal to an arbitration panel that could reinstate him or uphold the firing.
Matakovich appealed his firing by Chief Cameron McLay to the city’s newly hired public safety director, Wendell Hissrich. The city announced he agreed with the chief that Matakovich, a 22-year veteran, should be fired for using “unreasonable” force during the arrest at Heinz Field in November.
The district attorney has refiled charges that Matakovich wrongly pushed and struck the man being arrested at the WPIAL high school football championships.
The FBI is also reviewing because security footage does not appear to support Matakovich’s claim that the suspect was aggressive.
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