01/23/2010

Pa. police defend 'first strikes' on teen

The case is being investigated and the Pittsburgh mayor is closely monitoring it

CNN.com

PITTSBURGH — An arrest in which several punches were thrown has triggered an accusation of brutality against Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police from the mother of the 18-year-old honor student who was taken into custody.

Police, in a criminal complaint on the incident, say "closed fist strikes" were used by the undercover police officers, but only to subdue the teenager as he tried to get away.

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