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Posted: 1/31/2011 3:38:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 3:38:53 AM EDT by WildApple]
City to pay $40,000 to man shot by off-duty cop

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11018/1118850-100.stm

He said Officer Abel struck him in the back of his head with a gun. Mr. Miller said that as he moved his right hand behind him to protect his head, the gun went off.


The city suspended Officer Abel, but an arbitrator reinstated him.

Link Posted: 1/31/2011 4:11:44 AM EDT
Lots of details missing even for an Arfcom knee-jerk response.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 4:41:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 4:46:58 AM EDT by MotorMouth]
$40,000 sounds pretty cheap for getting shot.

Wonder what kind of asshattery Mr. Miller was up to that required his being smacked in the head by the officer?

ETA: After reading the articles linked below, apparently the asshattery belongs entirely to Officer Abel. $40k still sounds cheap, though.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 4:42:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 4:47:05 AM EDT by bytor94]
He sounds like a fine Officer.

Of course, he was also drinking at the time, so he didn't even get hit with DUI charges. __________________________________
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08183/893844-153.stm

You can imagine the scene down at police headquarters: Officer Abel trying to make his colleagues understand that the shooting of an innocent man was an accident and the pistol-whipping he administered to the victim before shooting him, well, was unfortunate, but understandable in all the confusion. And it wasn't a racial thing, either: Both Officer Abel and the victim are white.



http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08183/893846-52.stm

Saturday's incident started when an unknown man punched Officer Abel as he and his wife sat in their car at a stoplight, Chief Harper told a news conference this past weekend.

While his wife ran back to the Town Tavern to get help from off-duty officers working there, Officer Abel retrieved his gun.

At South 20th and Sidney streets he encountered Kaleb Michael Miller, 20, a pedestrian whose clothing did not match that of the two men who had approached the officer's car. Officer Abel hit Mr. Miller in the head with the butt of his gun, witnesses told police, and the gun went off, striking Mr. Miller's hand.

Mr. Miller was taken to UPMC Presbyterian and was later released.

http://www.wtae.com/r/20703888/detail.html

The suit claims Officer Paul Abel Jr. and Miller got into a fight in June of 2008 because Abel mistakenly believed Miller was the man who attacked him outside a bar.

In June of this year, Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning found that Abel, 35, exercised poor judgment but ruled that Abel was not guilty of aggravated assault, drunken driving and reckless endangerment. Abel was reinstated with the police department last week after arbitration.


Of course he's back on duty now. Don't you feel safer Pittsburgh?

Link Posted: 1/31/2011 4:45:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 4:50:17 AM EDT by Justice23]
Must have been an extremely weak lawsuit if he settled for only $40K.

Edit: But from reading the sensationalized news reports the Officer appears to be a dickhead.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 4:50:42 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Justice23:
Must have been an extremely weak lawsuit if he settled for only $40K.



This. Nothing more than "Go Away" money.

Heck, the city here gave some woman 180K when she was hit by an ambulance. (Minor injuries)

Link Posted: 1/31/2011 5:48:36 AM EDT
How are you not guilty of aggravated assault when you pistol whip somebody and shoot them in the hand?
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 5:50:41 AM EDT
I didn't know off-duty incidents were treated like this.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 5:57:17 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bytor94:
In June of this year, Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning found that Abel, 35, exercised poor judgment but ruled that Abel was not guilty of aggravated assault, drunken driving and reckless endangerment. Abel was reinstated with the police department last week after arbitration.


Damn, that's some fine union work.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:34:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NoStockBikes:
How are you not guilty of aggravated assault when you pistol whip somebody and shoot them in the hand?


"The rest of the story" probably had a lot to do with it.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 9:42:03 AM EDT
The PD couldn't hide that one.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 9:48:11 AM EDT
need to add another zero + lawyer fees + Medical bills
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 9:49:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
$40,000 sounds pretty cheap for getting shot.

Wonder what kind of asshattery Mr. Miller was up to that required his being smacked in the head by the officer?

ETA: After reading the articles linked below, apparently the asshattery belongs entirely to Officer Abel. $40k still sounds cheap, though.


Cheap indeed
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 10:19:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Justice23:
Originally Posted By NoStockBikes:
How are you not guilty of aggravated assault when you pistol whip somebody and shoot them in the hand?


"The rest of the story" probably had a lot to do with it.

What rest of the story?

1. Drunk off-duty cop.

2. Pissed off, drunk off-duty cop goes looking for the two folks who jumped him. After getting his gun.

3. Pissed off, drunk off-duty cop accosts an innocent person, (That doesn't even meet the description given witnesses.) pistol whips him, and in the process negligently discharges a round through the innocent guys hand.

4. Pissed off, drunk off-duty cop tries to explain his actions to his fellow officers, is charged with multiple violations. But miraculously is cleared of all charges. Imagine that.

5. Innocent dude has a hole in his hand, and a whole whopping $40,000 for it. Plus he gets to know that the dumb-fuck that attacked him is back out on the streets. Protecting and Serving indeed.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08183/893844-153.stm

At a hastily called news conference on Sunday, Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper announced that Mr. Abel had been removed from duty without pay pending a thorough investigation. "The gentleman who was in the physical altercation [with the officer] is an innocent victim as far as we can tell," the taciturn chief said. "He was just walking."


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