Man in video run-in with Pittsburgh cop to trial

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man seen falling down in an online video after a Pittsburgh officer put a stun gun to his neck had been ordered to stand trial on charges of public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and defiant trespass in the incident.

Twenty-seven-year-old Mark Keyser Jr., of Ross, says he plans to fight the charges, and claims he was already complying with Detective Frank Rende’s order to leave a bar on March 16 when Rende walked after him.

Rende testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday that he threatened to use the stun gun on Keyser, but didn’t before Keyser nonetheless “flopped” to the ground when Rende touched him with the device. Police officials claim an examination of the device shows it was never fired.

The FBI has said it is reviewing Rende’s handling of the incident, but he’s denied wrongdoing.

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