12 Hour Shifts, More Demonstrations, Put Stress on City Police

Heat and Luke Bryan Concert Add to Weekend

Joe DeStio
June 29, 2018 - 12:40 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Already working 12 hour shifts, Pittsburgh police and other public safety officials are bracing for a weekend or more public demonstrations and marches, a giant country music concert at Heinz Field, and the heat.

“It’s a strain on the personnel that’s working,” according to Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “Working 12 hour shifts is very difficult.” Police have been on 12 hour shifts since Tuesday because of a series of protests over the fatal shooting of 17 year old Antwon Rose in East Pittsburgh.

Events this weekend will only add to the strain. Some 1,100 people have signed up for a Families Belong Together immigration rally in Mellon Plaza Saturday at 11 AM. Then an Noon there is a march against revenge porn that starts at the City-County Building. The parking lots at Heinz Field open at 1 PM, gates at 4 PM for the Luke Bryan concert to be attended by tens of thousands of fans. Hissrich has again issued a “zero tolerance” policy for disorderly conduct, intoxication, underage drinking and any violence.

All this will be going on as high temperatures hover in the 90’s. “All of these events coming up are already straining the EMS crews because of the heat,” says Hissrich. “So, we have some difficulties ahead of us.”

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