PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police arrested three individuals last evening during the Donald Trump event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
- Kennon Hooper, 31, of West Oakland is charged with riot, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.
- Lisa Cuyler, 27, of Polish Hill is charged with riot and aggravated assault.
- Maxwell Yearick, 29, of Perry South is charged with riot, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.
The arrests happened at approximately 7:46 p.m. outside of the Convention Center. According to the report, police formed a line between opposing parties to ensure the safety of those involved. One Officer was sprayed with pepper spray by a participant – later identified as Hooper – and kicked in the back of the knees and hand. As Officers moved in to arrest Hooper, Cuyler jumped on the back of one of the Officers. Cuyler was then arrested without incident.
Another male – later identified as Yearick – attempted to fight an Officer and began grabbing his protective vest after he was sprayed with pepper spray. Another Officer attempted to arrest Yearick, but he resisted and pushed her away. She fell to the ground and received injuries to her hand.
In total, four Officers were injured. They were all cleared by Paramedics at the scene. Additionally, three civilians were sprayed with pepper spray by event participants. They were also treated by Paramedics at the scene. No additional injuries were reported.
Throughout the evening there were several instances where pepper spray was dispensed at Officers and citizens. Officers worked diligently throughout the evening to protect the constitutional rights of all parties at the event, while ensuring the safety of participants and spectators.
The Public Safety Department would like to thank the Public Works Department, University of Pittsburgh Police, Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, along with Port Authority Police for their assistance with the event.