The cop (Souroth Chatterji) claimed in a complaint that Ariel Lawther, 19, assaulted a bystander and himself. Onlookers dispute this and the video (by Jenna Renee Kenny) doesn't support it. He has been relieved of street duty pending an investigation.
|Bullhorn Christer Eric Moure|
baiting a gay day crowd
As Lawther had her hair pulled, was grabbed by the neck and was punched repeatedly, Rev. Bullhorn (Eric Moure, 36, of McKeesport) audibly gloated. Later, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “She continued to scream real loud to the point where she just snapped and shoved me real hard.”
The video shows Moure standing on the second step of a step-stool during his bullhorn rant. If Lawther shoved him "real hard," then he must have remarkable balance.
AKSARBENT hopes that Lawther sets aside part of the money she will get from the city of Pittsburgh, and uses it to sue Mr. Moure, a cunning Christian provocateur, as we don't believe the invocation of "religious liberty" now covers libeling a young woman in the newspaper.
|Pittsburgh Police Union Pres. Howard McQuillan|
We watched it too, and we think McQuillan is running interference for a bad cop by lying through his teeth about a video that is now available for viewing on the Internet by anyone in the world. How brazenly stupid is that?
From the Daily Grind:
According to eyewitness Autumn Huntera, the incident occurred around 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Huntera explains that the teen engaged in a heated debate with a group of anti-gay protesters attending the Pride festival: “She was saying that being gay is not a sin and that she was a lesbian and proud of it, and that she wasn’t going to hell for it.”
Huntera detailed her account of the incident for us:
The girl was debating with one of the protesters, and she stepped closer without even realizing it and the officer ran over to her. He grabbed her by the back of her neck, pulled her over, dropped her on the ground, pulled her up by her hair, and said “Do you want me to hit you.” When she didn’t respond, he hit her in stomach area about 4 or 5 times repeatedly. After everyone yelled at him, he hand cuffed her, put her against a wall. She was crying against a wall next to her ‘attacker’ while her fiancee was panicking trying to find someone who recorded it.Huntera adds that the protester and teen were about a foot apart when the officer grabbed her without prior warning.