PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh’s Citizens Police Review Board says the chief violated a city code banning partisan political activity by speaking at the Democratic National Convention in uniform.
Executive Director Elizabeth Pittinger doesn’t believe Chief Cameron McLay meant any harm and says it would have been a “whole different story” had he worn a business suit.
The review board’s findings are non-binding and it has no power to discipline McLay, who was previously cleared of wrongdoing by the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations. That agency formally investigates allegations of city employee misconduct.
McLay isn’t commenting but Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, defended the speech as non-partisan. McLay spoke about improving police-community relations.
But because the event was partisan, the board found McLay shouldn’t have worn his uniform even though Pittinger doesn’t believe McLay engaged in “nefarious politicking.”