Here's the rundown of yesterday's events, courtesy of the city's Department of Public Safety. Highlights only are included: I removed some boilerplate at the beginning about how great the police training has been. I also removed names of arrestees, since the formatting is sort of tricky for me to work out in html. I can add them back in if anyone cares.
For now, suffice it to say that most of the arrests involve charges of failure to disperse and resisting arrest. But there are a couple more serious charges, including aggravated assaults and inciting a riot.
The residents of Bloomfield, Shadyside, Oakland, Lawrenceville, the Strip District and the Friendship-Garfield communities sustained minimal damage in those areas where civil disorder ensued. Mobile Field Forces, at the ready, responded swiftly and effectively with lawful enforcement and arrested twenty-four (24) demonstrators in various locations with the largest concentration centered in the Lawrenceville/Bloomfield area. However, there were twelve (12) demonstrations that were peacefully conducted on the streets of Pittsburgh where no arrests occurred.
In addition to the arrests detailed above there were 42 arrests that occurred during a demonstration at and near Schenley Plaza which began after 9:00pm. Additional details concerning these arrests will be released as they become available.
The areas of damage and civil disturbance include:
EOD Units responded to ten calls for suspicious packages. Investigations resolved all of these calls without incident.
One (1) male transported to UPMC Presbyterian from Fifth and Thackeray
One (1) male transported to Mercy Hospital
One (1) female transported to UPMC Presbyterian for OC inhalation/Asthma
One (1) police officer non-lethal round struck in hand – treated and released
One (1) police officer suffered from heat exhaustion – treated and released
One (1) police officer transported to Mercy Hospital suffered an allergic reaction
Chemical Agent Deployment:
OC chemical agent was deployed by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in Lawrenceville/Strip District and Oakland for area and space denial (crowd dispersal). OC is a micro-pulverized powder that gives a burning sensation when inhaled causing upper respiratory gagging and coughing. OC agent does not incapacitate but is used to contain and disperse disorderly crowds.