- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh police clerk reinstated last month after a three-year suspension is set to have her civil rights lawsuit heard by a federal court jury.

Tonya Montgomery-Ford contends she was a whistleblower who testified before a federal grand jury into alleged corruption by the administration of former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. She claims she was pressured by a police commander to grant variances that helped a valet parking business owned by a politically connected friend of Ravenstahl’s.

Nobody was charged as a result of that investigation. And Montgomery-Ford was reinstated in April by police Chief Cameron McLay, who was hired by Ravenstahl’s successor. Mayor Bill Peduto.

The city has denied comment on the lawsuit in which Montgomery-Ford claims she was suspended in retaliation for exercising her free-speech rights.

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