Though Port Authority of Allegheny County Executive Director Ellen McLean began the authority’s February board meeting by saying the board would not comment on the killing of Bruce Kelley Jr. by authority police officers until pending investigations are completed, board chair Robert Hurley could not leave it at that.
Kelley was killed Jan. 31 after a fight with Port Authority officers led to a second encounter minutes later where a police dog was set loose on him. When he fatally stabbed the dog, its handler and another officers shot him to death.
“A life was lost. It’s a tragedy, Mr. Kelley lost his life,” said Hurley. “Nothing is on or off the table, but at least allow the board to learn what happened until we comment.”
Hurley’s statement came following public comment at the board’s Feb. 26 regular meeting where three of the scheduled speakers called for changes to authority police training, tactics, the use of attack dogs, and investigation oversight.
Brandi Fisher, executive director of the Alliance for Police Accountability, said, “(Authority Police) Chief (Matt) Porter is the sole investigator in cases of officer misconduct. We ask that you review these policies.”