Pittsburgh police recruit panels prompt concern

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that panels to evaluate Pittsburgh police recruits include one officer who is under internal investigation over holding a second full-time job and three others whose use of force has prompted scrutiny.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday (http://bit.ly/19yBdcz) that it obtained an internal memo listing the officers among 56 evaluators and alternates.

It’s reporting that they were chosen to sit on 10 three-member panels to hear oral exams later this month.

City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith says anyone controversial shouldn’t be considered for the panels right now, especially with a federal investigation into the police bureau.

Acting police Chief Regina McDonald defended everybody on the list as hard-working and professional. She says the police bureau sought input from multiple supervisors while evaluating candidates.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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