Citizens: Fire Pittsburgh cop for teacher arrest

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board says a white officer should be fired for arresting a black teacher after a community meeting that addressed police relations with the city’s black community.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Tuesday’s non-binding recommendation that Officer Jonathan Gromek be fired was much harsher than the letter of reprimand he received after an internal investigation – a punishment the city’s police union said was too severe.

The incident happened June 26 after the teacher, Dennis Henderson, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he reportedly commented about Gromek driving by at a high speed as Henderson stood near his parked car.

The district attorney’s office withdrew the charges against Henderson – who spent about 12 hours in jail after his arrest – because they stemmed from Henderson exercise of free speech.

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

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