PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay has asked the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations to review his Democratic National Convention speech last week.
McLay asked for the investigation Monday because the police union has accused him of violating the city code, which says police aren’t supposed to make political statements in uniform or otherwise engage in politics.
The union is also unhappy because the DNC provided a platform for the families of those killed by police to speak, but not for the families of recently slain officers.
McLay has defended the speech, saying he avoided endorsing any political candidate or viewpoint and, rather, spoke about the need for police to improve their relations with citizens. But McLay says he needs to be accountable so he’s asked OMI and the Citizens Police Review Board to investigate the speech.
OMI and the review board each have the power to make non-binding disciplinary recommendations.
Information from: WTAE-TV, http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com