City Disbands Police Dept. After Protests, Now Community Upset With Consequences

Residents of East Pittsburgh expressed concern about violent crime eight months after disbanding its police department.

East Pittsburgh, PA – East Pittsburgh residents gathered on Monday to express their concerns about the rise in violent crime and the lack of police officers patrolling their neighborhood just eight months after they disbanded the East Pittsburgh Police Department.

The East Pittsburgh Borough Council voted to dissolve the borough’s police department in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Antwon Rose.

The council notified the Pennsylvania State Police on Nov. 13, 2018 that they were going to need coverage from that agency as of Nov. 30, 2018, while they worked to come up with a long-term solution, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

When the East Pittsburgh Police Department was disbanded, city officials promised they were in the middle of talks to launch a multi-community police force that would cover their territory, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

However, residents began complaining about the lack of police presence the day after the East Pittsburgh police shut down when there was no obvious state police presence on their streets.

“They’re supposed to be learning the streets and all that,” East Pittsburgh resident Sean Andrejco complained to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s why the problem started. It was a young cop who didn’t know what he was doing.”

The dissolution of the police department had been a part of borough council discussions for years, but the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Rose by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld on June 19, 2018 brought the matter to a head.

The incident kicked off mass protests with accusations of racism because Officer Rosfeld is white, and Rose was black.

Sixty to 80 protesters, some masked, surrounded Officer Rosfeld's home after his identity was released.

After more protests, the officer was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and he was placed on unpaid leave.

The East Pittsburgh Police Department was then completely dissolved under community pressure, which resulted in Officer Rosfeld losing his job along with other officers.

In March, a jury found former Officer Rosfeld not guilty of all charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Rose after just four hours of deliberations.

But almost five months later, residents of East Pittsburgh have found themselves in a dangerous pickle, having gotten rid of its police force before a local alternative was put in place.

The community has continued to complain about the lack of police presence on their streets and there’s no concrete plan as of yet to solve the problem.

When the Pennsylvania State Police took over police services in the borough, Trooper Melinda Bondarenka explained that on-duty troopers would not be spending their time specifically patrolling East Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Trooper Bondarenka said troopers would continue their usual highway patrol duties in a larger zone that would also include the borough of East Pittsburgh.

“They will be in and out of the borough,” she said.

The trooper explained the state police’s role in East Pittsburgh’s law enforcement, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“We’re required by law that if an area does not have police services, to come in and provide full-time police services,” Trooper Bondarenka explained. “We have no idea how long we’re going to be there. Or if [East Pittsburgh officials] are going to try to negotiate with another department nearby. We’re just there for however long they need us.”

She explained that the state police would ask for mutual aid from a neighboring police department if they were unable to respond to an emergency call for service, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

“If we need backup or depending on our call volume and our location, if the trooper is already on something else, we might request a neighboring agency to come in until we get there,” Trooper Bondarenka said. “Just like if we have a crash on the Parkway, and there is another crash, we’ll ask a nearby department to get there, render aid and do whatever needs to be done.”

The group who came together to express their concern about the lack of policing in East Pittsburgh on July 29 found little sympathy outside their community, based on the comments posted to the KDKA Facebook post with the story about the crime problems.

“They drove their own police force out,” Paul Albright commented. “Now they want to complain because it takes longer to have the State Police respond to calls. They should thank God that any police are still willing to come into their Community. After the way they behaved last year.”

Comments (218)
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shooter
shooter

I'm SHOCKED!!!

No...not really...LOL.

Mr. Drysdale
Mr. Drysdale

Sounds like a community of geniuses!

JBo
JBo

They got what they wanted. The lesson is: be careful what you demand. Suck it up and deal.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

They made their own bed, now they must lie in it. Act in haste, repent at leisure.

Daughter
Daughter

They shouldn’t get any police service. It was what they wanted now let them deal with it. All idiots how stupid can you be????

All5xx
All5xx

Be careful of which you wish for, you might just get it.

pyrofyter
pyrofyter

Be careful what you complain about and wish for.

antialien
antialien

They dug their own graves. Now, deal with it!

Simeron
Simeron

If your community complains about their police department to the point of disbanding it and then they complain there are not enough police...you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.....

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

I hope every BLM piece of shit becomes a VICTIM. And I hope the State Police get lost EVERY FUCKING TIME.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

there is an old Police saying. "The community gets the police dept. it DESERVES"

gdmn2find8
gdmn2find8

Just curious, but what are the gun laws in that part of Pa? Are people allowed to carry concealed weapons? Open carry? Are they even allowed to own pistols or rifles anymore? Some may be against something like vigilantism, but this town seems to be ripe for it without any real semblance of law enforcement. Judging a new officers in a police related shooting, before any results were in, only to find out he was not guilty. And firing the entire Police Department before any final decision regarding the shooting? Good luck on finding anyone willing to put their lives on the line for any of you at this point. You would be better off just closing this town down, moving out and starting over. You have the definite makings of a ghost town starting. I doubt many want to stay and you can be damn sure no one wants to move in. unless they are some kind of crime syndicate looking to take things over as if this were some badly written movie plot.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Can we build a wall around that borough?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I'm going to set up a gofundme account to collect enough money for new signs. "WELCOME TO EAST PITTSBURG!" "ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK" " NO POLICE ON DUTY"

Buzz17
Buzz17

This should happen in every city where resident protest when an officer has to shoot a criminal. They need to learn to take responsibility for the results of their actions. Actions have consequences, & East Pittsburgh is learning that in a way they'll never forget.

Coltshooter1
Coltshooter1

Liberal jackasses hot their wish.....now live with it

Gemmamidori
Gemmamidori

All I can say is, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahaha!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

eat all your vegetables, brush your teeth twice a day, drink plenty of water, wash your hands before you eat, get 8 hours of sleep each night, chew your food thoroughly before you swallow , don't run by the pool , wait 1/2 hr after you eat to go swimming ,zip up my jacket so I don't catch a cold .........phew...

....Yes, I'm just trying to make sure I add as many other cliche' sayings as possible too just to be safe.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

Do stupid stuff - win stupid prizes (thanks to another Defensemaven poster for this now famous saying). These stupid people WON!!! Yay!!! They didn't want police - they no longer have police. Life is a bitch sometimes.

merlin9
merlin9

Shocking, I say…...Just shocking...…..NOT!

iamgideon
iamgideon

The level of stupidity in this community is astounding! What the hell did they think the outcome of having No law enforcement would be? Will they ever realize that it is not LEO'S perpetuating all the crime in their community? Now (I personally know) some Caucasian people do not want the criminals, gangs... in their neighborhood, so they work with the police dept to get rid of the unsavory characters. The people must take some responsibility for what has become of their neighborhood. I frequently hear, "good officers should not cover up for the bad ones". People in this community need to stop covering up and supporting the criminals, work with law enforcement, not against them.

TonyCu
TonyCu

Democrat run city no doubt ,,, all college graduates. Be careful what you ask for.

1sam80
1sam80

Send booger eater he knows it all and will fix it.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

F--k East Pittsburgh, PA!!

Bruce A
Bruce A

Time to dust off that old CCW permit.

Patty1956
Patty1956

Be careful what you ask for, it could come back to bite you in the ass.

DSmom
DSmom

Most likely a vocal few screwed it up for the whole town.

Happytalk1
Happytalk1

Maybe they should police themselves. Take back their streets, know what their kids are up to, put discipline back in the parents hands, and turn the bastards in that are bringing down their neighborhoods. The police didn't create the crime, but the residents turned a blind eye until it affected them. Time to put your action where your mouth get you in trouble!!!

new2lv2
new2lv2

I have been wondering what would happen id an entire PD walked off the job. Happy to see the outcome. How do you like your Hug-A-Thug program now East Pitts? Hugs and hand jobs for offenders just didn't work out, did it? No sympathy here for ya.

BLM4ever
BLM4ever

Bunch of idiots....they're not happy when police do their job, now they're upset because they have no police. To bad cupcakes...the protesters and the no backbone city council caused the issue. They need to put on a badge and gun and show us how policing is supposed to work.

NFPD103
NFPD103

This is what happens when you allow, ill-informed SJW to do your thinking for you. The locals say the chance to stick it to the local police and didn't think about the criminal elements within and around the community. The officer was cleared not because he overreacted but because he was a police officer but because he did not commit a crime so much for FB lawyers. here is an idea stop blaming the police for the criminal stupidity of your own neighbors. Let the police do the job and let the courts sort out if they made a mistake. Stop accepting criminal activity as just part of your culture, stop downplaying the stupidity of their action. start raising your kids to not respect criminals. you didn't have a police problem, you had a problem with social control and laws combined with the thug life problem, you picked wrong.

Comeonpeoplegetaclue
Comeonpeoplegetaclue

Another Democrat run city down the tubes

KitKat60
KitKat60

The country is extremely lucky that ANYBODY even wants to be a LEO in this radical time of malicious attitude towards LEO'S. I say change the attitude or get used to lawlessness.

Bstn
Bstn

So let me see if I have this right.....Black kid gets shot & killed by a white officer...Residents protest this claiming racism....City managers fire all of their officers and disban their PD agency without an idea on how they are going to answer police calls or keep crime down..All before a court ruling on the shooting (and imagine that found to have been JUSTAFIABLE!!)...State POLICE are asked to help, knowing their primary job has to come 1st....Now crime spiked and same folks who probably celebrated the police dept went away, is now demanding police presense?? Sounds like a bunch of idiots running the town and a lot more living there...Lesson to be learned here folks...Careful what you wish for cuz it can bite you in the ass!! Sounds like this town got exactly what it asked for & deserve!!

nadkram
nadkram

Hopefully, the voters who elected these fools aren't going to get a second chance.

Sivispace
Sivispace

I have been saying that people will complain until there is no police presence. Then it will be too late. These same morons will outlaw guns and of course, all of the criminals and terrorists will line up to turn theirs in.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Tough! Leave them to their own devices. They're not happy with the cops, they're not happy without them, which is it? Then, the first time something happens, people who know nothing will protest, riot, loot, set fires, and just act stupid. Leave them to kill each other off and let natural selection take its course.

RonAyotte
RonAyotte

Actions have consequences...

J10107
J10107

Approximately 60 to 80 people, (who may, or may not been residents), out of a population of 1822 residents in East Pittsburgh complained enough to have the town council disband the only hope they had at some sort of law and order and proactive police work.

But now those same political village idiot's have the balls to complain to the state because violent criminals have taken over their community.

As of the latest statistics, East Pittsburgh's crime rate is 120% higher than the national average.

Did the majority of those 1822 souls who now have to walk their kids to school and back again in bulletproof vests Vote to have the East Pittsburgh police department disbanded, or was it just another knee jerk reaction by some half assed politician wannabe lawyer.

Get the East Pittsburgh Town Council and those 60 to 80 people who complained & protested out on the streets every night as a town watch, and then we'll see who they go crying to after they get their asses handed to them by those violent criminals running the streets !!!

ikaika
ikaika

I wonder if this will happen in other cities, too. Portland is a prime example. The mayor and city council don't support the police, which is why there is a drastic shortage of officers. Who the hell wants to be a cop in that climate when everything you do is judged as a racist act, or you're picking on the precious little antifa children? Some other democratic hellhole is having a hard time recruiting officers, also -- either Baltimore or Cincinnati -- because of the way the city treats the cops and protects the jerks. Yeah, how much would they like it with no law enforcement at all? The chaos in East Pittsburgh makes me laugh. I wish it would be covered on national news.

ikaika
ikaika

They could always build more rec centers in East Pittsburgh. That ought to fix the problem.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

👍🏻🤣👍🏻🤣 They are getting what they deserve and yes no officer will take that job after they stabbed their officers in the back!!

Politicians the lowest of the low!!

Mrdan
Mrdan

Can't fix stupid

Propolice
Propolice

Sorry but if he touched my horse in a violent way I would have shot the him and asked questions later. Tired of these useless POS getting away with crimes against police and unless we fight back or prosecute harshly we are not going to have the police to protect us.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Disband the police...I am so sorry that the State Police have to give of their time and efforts and state monies for a community that "has spoken." If lawlessness is what you voted for...for once, legislators can say and affirm...your votes have been counted and you received what you wanted! As Job suggested, "suck it up!"

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This is great. That’s what you get when you whine and first amendment this and first amendment that. It’s there to protect you, not to be abused to a point as such, that you guys just fucked up. Now deal with all the crime, or move the fuck on.

PamelaGPrice
PamelaGPrice

The Black community always saying it wants to "police" it's own ....well now they have the opportunity....OOOPS guess when you rear your children as thugs you can't police your community & now that the cats(police) are away, the vermin really are out to play.

maxx1676
maxx1676

This wonderful young man Rose, 17, had participated in a drive-by shooting just minutes before the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over by Officer Rosfeld on June 19.....and now they`re protesting because he was shot?

Bonnielarue
Bonnielarue

No police dept. Should help them. They made their bed, let them lay in it. They deserve what they are getting. Really funny how KARMA works.📉😂😂😂😂

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Uh, OH ... Wees'd fugged now. Now we's gone and done it.