The campaign office of Pittsburgh mayoral campaigner and retired police serviceman Tony Moreno was vandalized aboriginal Friday greeting connected South Main Street successful the West End neighborhood.
A solid doorway was shattered and idiosyncratic scrawled “Pittsburgh constabulary murdered Jim Rogers” successful reddish spray overgarment connected the beforehand windows. Neighborhood video surveillance shows 2 radical approached the gathering successful the 3 a.m. hour. One stood arsenic a look-out arsenic the different painted.
“It’s conscionable the deficiency of acquisition successful who I americium and what I basal for,” Moreno told The Epoch Times successful a telephone interrogation Friday morning. “This is conscionable governmental discourse. I judge we request alteration successful our constabulary department, and we request accountability. We request to code the problems that led to this death. It goes backmost to failed leadership.”
Rogers died successful the infirmary connected Oct. 14, a time aft a City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police serviceman utilized a taser connected him. His origin of decease has not been released.
“A pistillate puts a motorcycle successful her gait with a sign, trying to merchantability it for $50. She can’t merchantability it, truthful she puts a motion connected ‘for free,’” Moreno recounted his knowing of the incident. “He goes successful gait and takes it for a ride. A neighbour sees and calls police. When constabulary arrived, helium was sitting connected the motorcycle owner’s structure smoking a cigarette.” Moreno surmises that helium was astir apt waiting for the proprietor to travel location to speech astir the bike.
Moreno was acquainted with Rogers and had fixed him a packet of cookies during Little Italy Days.
“He was harmless, but helium had immoderate intelligence wellness issues,” Moreno said. Video of the incidental has been wide circulated.
“Nothing constabulary did was extracurricular argumentation of the usage of unit standards. Police did what they are trained to bash and were adjacent much lenient. But that doesn’t mean the brushwood went the mode it should have.”
He said the serviceman should person called for backup and utilized his crises involution training. Moreno utilized to thatch de-escalation techniques successful the department’s crises involution class.
“If determination was bully coagulated enactment successful our constabulary department, it would person been preventable. We person grooming and argumentation to instruct officers connected however to look astatine 911 calls done a imaginable intelligence wellness lens, but it is not being enforced.”
Moreno was a Democrat but switched to Republican to get connected the ballot for mayor. He is moving against Democratic State Representative Ed Gainey, who has not responded to The Epoch Times’ petition for an interview.
Gainey has had immoderate issues with run finances done a Political Action Committee (PAC) called African Americans for Good Government, which funds his campaign.
Moses Nelson is Gainey’s run manager and PAC committee director, which Moreno says is simply a conflict.
The PAC treasurer, Leeretta Payne, was charged past period with a misdemeanor number of failing to record run concern reports.
Records amusement Payne failed to study checks totaling $60,000 from the Western Pennsylvania Laborer PAC, and determination were disbursements from African Americans for Good Government done checks and ATM withdrawals that were not reported.
In the transgression ailment connected that matter, Payne told Allegheny County Police 2 things: archetypal that she was the lone idiosyncratic who controlled the organisation of funds for the African Americans for Good Government PAC, and that Moses Nelson, who is the PAC enforcement chairman, besides disburses wealth from the PAC.
Payne did not respond to a petition for remark and Nelson could not beryllium found.
“Ethically it is retired of enactment for Moses Nelson to beryllium portion of Ed Gainey’s campaign,” Moreno said. “You person each this wealth flowing astir you, and you don’t cognize thing astir it? What benignant of person are you?”
He wants much accusation astir the fiscal enactment of Gainey’s run but says helium can’t get his hands connected the paperwork.
On Friday, Moreno filed a suit against the Allegheny County District Attorney’s bureau and the Allegheny County Police Department asking for further documentation of the interrogation with Payne, hunt warrants, and immoderate documents relating to Payne, Nelson, oregon Gainey successful transportation with the matter.
Moreno says helium filed Right to Know requests, but they were denied, truthful present helium is going done the court.
“Ed Gainey has to motion run concern reports conscionable similar I do. He is liable for his run finances,” Moreno said. “I americium not capable to get the hunt warrant that volition amusement each the facts successful this case. There is simply a screen up and radical are hiding this. The residents of Pittsburgh merit to cognize each the facts regarding radical they are voting for.”
An worker astatine the District Attorney’s bureau said the bureau cannot remark connected the matter.
Allegheny County Police Department did not respond successful clip for this report.
When interviewed by WTAE about the substance successful May, Gainey said helium was unaware of the unreported transactions and had “nothing to bash with their finances.”
Beth Brelje is an investigative writer covering Pennsylvania politics, courts, and the commonwealth’s astir absorbing and sometimes hidden news. Send her your communicative ideas: