Demonstrators Confront City Officials Over New Protest Protocol

Leaders say they will not follow Roadway Safety Guidelines issued Thursday

Joe DeStio
July 27, 2018 - 6:49 pm
Demonstrator Confronting Wendell Hissrich

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Demonstrators verbally confronted Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich Friday over the city's new restrictions on protests, and shutting down streets.

Protestors yelled into Hissrich’s face through a bullhorn, demanding action over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld last month.

Earlier, they read a list of demands outside Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office.

After confronting Hissrich, demonstrators moved down Forbes Avenue, blocking intersections with Smithfield and Wood.  

Those intersections are not on the city’s no-block listed released Thursday, but demonstration leaders indicate they will not abide by the new rules.

The confrontation and demonstration came shortly after city leaders met with media to discuss the new Roadway Safety Guidelines.

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