Vi­o­lent South Side ar­rest un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion of al­leged mis­con­duct by a Pitts­burgh po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing an ar­rest on the South Side in May re­mains on­go­ing, the Al­legheny County dis­trict at­tor­ney said Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cer Ray­mond Toomey kicked, kneed and punched 27-year-old Nathan Stan­ley III while ar­rest­ing him out­side The Flats on Car­son at 1500 E. Car­son St. around 2 a.m. May 7.

Dis­trict At­tor­ney Stephen A. Zap­pala Jr. said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing into whether Of­fi­cer Toomey changed his de­scrip­tion of any part of the in­ci­dent after view­ing video a by­stander took dur­ing the ar­rest. Of­fi­cer Toomey filed a po­lice af­fi­davit after the ar­rest and tes­ti­fied at Mr. Stan­ley’s pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Sept. 6.

“It’s clear Toomey saw the video be­fore he tes­ti­fied,” Mr. Zap­pala said. “De­tec­tives are look­ing at any vari­ance be­tween the af­fi­davit, the tes­ti­mony and the video to de­ter­mine if a crime was com­mit­ted.”

Of­fi­cer Toomey tes­ti­fied at the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing that he was work­ing a de­tail at The Flats bar May 7 when a se­cu­rity guard told him Mr. Stan­ley had threat­ened him with a gun. The guard, though, tes­ti­fied he be­lieved he did not tell Of­fi­cer Toomey about any threats.

Of­fi­cer Toomey said that as he talked with Mr. Stan­ley, the man threat­ened to shoot up the bar. The of­fi­cer said he never saw a gun or asked Mr. Stan­ley if he had one, and no gun was re­cov­ered at the scene.

A phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion be­gan when Of­fi­cer Toomey at­tempted to ar­rest Mr. Stan­ley, and the two ended up out­side the bar. At one point, Of­fi­cerToomey tes­ti­fied, Mr. Stan­ley’s hands came up around the of­fi­cer’s col­lar and he felt like his air­way was re­stricted.

He punched Mr. Stan­ley four times, twice in the face and twice in the ab­domen, and then later kicked and kneed him while Mr. Stan­ley lay on the ground. Of­fi­cer Toomey tes­ti­fied he de­liv­ered the lat­ter blows out of fear Mr. Stan­ley was reach­ing for a gun in his waist­band — but by­stander video shows Mr. Stan­ley’s hands were flat on the ground when Of­fi­cer Toomey kicked him.

Of­fi­cer Toomey re­mains on desk duty, city po­lice spokes­woman Sonya Toler said.

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