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Pittsburgh Chief Forced To Resign

February 21, 2013  | 

Chief Nate Harper addresses the media in September. Screenshot via WTAE.
Chief Nate Harper addresses the media in September. Screenshot via WTAE.

The second-highest-ranking member of the union representing Pittsburgh Police Bureau officers said the rank-and-file are still shocked this morning by the sudden forced resignation of Chief Nate Harper and morale remains low.

"My initial reaction was we were just surprised at how it had taken place and why it had taken place," Michael Benner, vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1, said. "We don't know what the mayor knows."

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he asked for the chief's resignation effective immediately Wednesday after the FBI questioned the mayor for two hours.

Morale has been noticeably low within the bureau while a federal grand jury investigates how a contract was awarded to a former friend of Mr. Harper and FBI agents have collected documents from police headquarters and a credit union as part of what police bureau Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said he thought was likely a probe into allegations that money had been misappropriated within the bureau.

Read the full Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.

Related:

Pittsburgh Mayor Calls for 'Outside' Chief

Tags: Patrol Morale, FBI, Police Chiefs, External Investigations, Pittsburgh Police Bureau


Comments (6)

Displaying 1 - 6 of 6

kevin wright @ 2/21/2013 7:14 PM

video of a cop with an alcohol problem how about support and asisstance as opposed to humiliating the man.

Capt. Crunch @ 2/21/2013 7:56 PM

He was not proven guilty yet. Whats going on?

William322 @ 2/21/2013 10:03 PM

The Chief is being made out to be The Patsy,The Fall Guy,The Scape Goat, etc. The Chief is being humiliated. They have him Guilty by some Kangaroo Court mentality.

Fast car @ 2/22/2013 5:45 AM

When the fibbies get involved, they typically have something to look at and move forward with accusation or prosecution. Something is not "just right" and all the info is not, and probably will not ever, be completely known. At this level, the phrase "you can't handle the truth" comes to mind and the truth does'nt even matter.

DEADMAN @ 2/22/2013 11:06 AM

I have a question:::,is the chief a member of the same union as the rank and file or of the gold badges,(supervisors),because if it is the rank and file ,wouldn't that be a conflict of interest.In Ohio,he would be either under a contract to the city or included in a separate union with the supervisors.

mo @ 2/22/2013 3:35 PM

??? The FBI questions the mayor, then fires a Chief? We're not getting the full story here.............

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