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September 22, 2017

Hon. Bill Peduto, Mayor
City of Pittsburgh
512 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Wendell Hissrich, Director of Public Safety
City of Pittsburgh
City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Scott Schubert, Chief
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
1203 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Dear Mayor Peduto, Safety Director Hissrich & Chief Schubert:

I am writing on behalf of the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) Planning Council in response to the incident that took place later Tuesday night, September 19, 2017 outside of the PPG Paints Arena involving Daniel Adelman of Ohio, who I understand is currently being cared for in an Ohio hospital. As you are all aware B-PEP and the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) has taken great strides in recent years to attempt to improve community-police relations in Pittsburgh. We have been your partner in many instances and situations to do just that, including the August 19, 2017 “Building Communities to Protect & Empower Families” which took place at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary of which the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police was a major co-sponsor. One of the key workshops that day included a workshop on Community-police interactions and efforts of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau to be a better partner on how its officers police our city.

We view the Tuesday night incident involving Pittsburgh police officers and a citizen of Ohio, Daniel Adelman, as a setback to such efforts to project ‘a new day in Pittsburgh policing’. Though African Americans, and particularly young African Americans, the Black Political Empowerment Project is concerned about howall residents and visitors, of whatever race, creed or color, are treated by members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

The Black Political Empowerment Project is therefore requesting an immediate, full and impartial investigation of this troubling incident. We must admit, however, that the initial viewing of Mr. Adelman’s head being repeatedly pelted agaisnt the cement, while being beaten by other Pittsburgh police officers is quite disturbing. Much work has been accomplished in recent years to improve community-police relations in Pittsburgh. In order to not totally tarnish what has been done and accomplished, we ask that the examination and review of this incident be a high priority to all in your administration. An examination of how Pittsburgh police are officers are being trained in handling such incidents should be fully reviewed.


Tim Stevens, Chairman & CEO
The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
Co-convener with Valerie Dixon, Greater Pittsburgh Coalition
Against Violence

cc: Richard A. Stewart, Jr. NAACP President; Esther L. Bush,
President & CEO, The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh;
Brandi Fisher, Alliance for Police Accountability; Beth

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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New diversity initiatives touted at the June
19 CEIR conference

In welcoming guests to the Fifth Annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable forum at Duquesne University, founder Tim Stevens displayed a photo of his great-grandfather that he found while helping his sister move.

The June 19 Corporate Equity and Inclusion
Conference set to make a difference

PREPARING FOR THE BIG DAY—Tim Stevens, one of the many
members of the CEIR Working Group in the final days of
preparation of the 5th Annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion
Roundtable Conference.

PPG CEO McGarry signs diversity pledge

Michael McGarry, CEO of PPG has announced that he is now among 150 CEOs from around the country who have signed the CEO Action Diversity Pledge.

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Pittsburgh Homes Saved

The Pittsburgh Planning Commission has rejected what was a very controversial Penn Plaza development. To the right is the Post Gazette Article.

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High Hopes for Ban The Box

Channel 11 has recently covered the Ban the Box ordinance. things seem to be on a roll with high hopes for whats to come.

City, County Pledge To Help Eliminate Job Barriers For Former Inmates

Post Gazette

Pittsburgh police use less force, still more against Blacks

Pittsburgh Courier

The ‘rewhitening’ of Pittsburgh’s police force

Pittsburgh Courier

UNITED …B-PEP, faith community unite to stop the violence

Pittsburgh Courier

CEIR Video V9


‘It Did Not Stick’: The First Federal Effort to Curb Police Abuse

Former NAACP Pittsburgh Branch President and Founder and CEO of the Black Political Empowerment Project is quoted as to the potential affects of a turning away from the Federal Consent Decrees.

New diversity initiatives touted

“He was born a slave, but died free,” said Stevens. “The Emancipation Proclamation was just 154, yet for the first 20 years of my life there were African Americans who were still denied the right to vote.."

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