Strip Club, Pa. Agency Battle Over Paid Details
April 01, 2013
Attorneys for Pittsburgh Police Bureau and a downtown strip club will argue in federal court over a recently-imposed ban by the new chief on officers providing off-duty security at the business.
Chief Regina McDonald instituted a March 13 ban on police providing off-duty security at Blush. The club's attorney, Jonathan Kamin, said the ban violates the Constitution's equal protection guarantee.
"You can't selectively apply the law, and that's what (McDonald's) doing," Kamin told the Tribune-Review.
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Trigger @ 4/2/2013 6:54 AM
I wonder if Pittsburgh PD has an outside employment policy where officers need to submit a written request for agency approval. I hail the chief in attempting to bring integrity back into the agency.
David @ 4/2/2013 9:10 AM
Why would the Pittsburgh PD NOT want their officers in the club? The officers would be off duty, however they still are in place to observe what's going on. Are the dancers useing drugs? if so who is supplying them, are any of the patrons using? The Pittsburgh VICE dept could send them updates of suspects and to keep an eye out for etc... I can see many reasons for wanting to have officers in the club. It is a legal business and a potentional source of information.
Capt. Crunch @ 4/2/2013 10:24 AM
Looks like their "looking for love in all the wrong places".
martyb @ 4/4/2013 1:04 PM
I think one of the issues here is if the "Off Duty" officers working as security at the club are wearing Pittsburgh P.D. uniforms while at the club or if they are wearing the club's "STAFF" or "SECURITY" Polo, t-shirt or actual private security uniform.
My personal belief is that the only time a Pittsburgh P.D. uniform should be seen at that business is if they are responding to an incident.
I think it puts the Department in a bad light. It may show the Department condones or supports the actions of the business even if the public in the neighborhood does not.
I also think that it places the officers in a potentially compromising moral position to observe activities of one employer and report it to the other (Police).
I can't believe there are not opportunities for the Pittsburgh officers to be able to work overtime at the department where they are covered by real insurance, make real overtime money and retirement.
Besides stripper glitter and bar funk odors get really old after just a short amount of time.
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