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April 12, 2011
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Pittsburgh PD reviewing arrest of man at PNC Park

Chief, Citizen Police Review Board investigating whether officer used excessive force

By Sadie Gurman and Torsten Ove
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police Chief Nate Harper and the Citizen Police Review Board are investigating whether officers used too much force to subdue a Friendship man at PNC Park Saturday night.

Chief Harper said his office is examining whether it was necessary for officers to deploy a Taser on Scott James Ashley, 41, and then hit him with their batons.

Another person, Amanda Harle, 30, of Mt. Lebanon, also was arrested after police said she yelled at officers taking Mr. Ashley into custody and then resisted an officer's attempts to remove her from the park, screaming obscenities and telling them that she worked for KDKA. She was charged with aggravated assault, defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.

During Saturday night's game, personnel at PNC Park asked for assistance in the left field general admission section after getting reports of an unruly fan using foul language and refusing to leave the park.

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