Leon Ford Says He Was Disrespected By City Cop

Office of Municipal Investigations will Probe

Joe DeStio
August 27, 2018 - 4:41 pm
The city of Pittsburgh is investigating if an officer violated policy in a verbal confrontation with a man paralyzed when he was shot by city police in 2012.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The city of Pittsburgh is investigating if an officer violated policy in a verbal confrontation with a man paralyzed when he was shot by city police in 2012. Leon Ford posted on his Facebook page that an officer gave him a “hateful glare” when he was rolling his wheelchair on the North Shore Saturday. Ford says he stopped to ask what was the problem and there was no response. Then he asked for the officer’s name the cop told him he didn’t have to speak with him and that Ford was only looking for another check. Ford settled with the city for $5.5 million dollars this year for the shooting incident.

Ford posted, “As someone who was repeatedly violated by the City of Pittsburgh for over six years, I continue to be disrespected.”

Pittsburgh police responded to the incident. In a news conference at police headquarters Commander Eric Holmes didn’t talk about specifics of what happened. He said O.M.I. will interview the officer, later identified as 13 year veteran Paul Jenkins, and Ford. Holmes said the probe will determine if the officer had his body camera on. Holmes confirmed an officer is to provide his name and badge number when asked. The officer did not appear to be wearing a name tag which would be a violation of policy, according to the commander.

Asked if the incident represents a “step backward” in relations with the African-American community, Holmes said, “I wouldn’t say that it’s a step back. I still think we’re moving forward. But it’s certainly something for us to give pause and recognize that we are a work in progress and we will work every day to become better.”

The Pittsburgh Black Political Empowerment Project has asked that officer Jenkins, “be fully counseled for inappropriate behavior and disciplined at the highest level possible.”