Chief defends cop after Joey Porter"s arrest is questioned"

Antonio JonesJan 13, 2017

Porter, 39, was arrested outside a Pittsburgh bar Sunday after the Steelers' Wild Card Round win over the Miami Dolphins.

It's unclear what that will mean for Porter, who was placed on leave "pending further review" following his arrest.

Abel was criminally charged with drunken driving, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, but acquitted.

Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsbugh Post-Gazette, Porter is now charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, both summary charges. "He was disappointed in what he thought was a false characterization of him as a person who was exceedingly drunk, violent and disrespectful of law enforcement".

City police spokeswoman Sonya Toler had no comment on the prosecutor's decision.

The complaint alleged Porter ignored Abel's commands, picked up the security guard outside the bar, grabbed Abel's wrists and refused to let go, and then walked into the street and continued to ignore Abel's commands.


"I have concluded the officer's account of the incident is accurate and our officer conducted himself in the professional manner that is to be expected", Chief Scott Schubert said, referring to arresting Officer Paul Abel.

"There is video out there and video from businesses that we are reviewing", he said.

Review board executive director Elizabeth Pittinger says the "high visibility" of the incident prompted the review, even though the board typically doesn't investigate unless someone complains about police misconduct.

Should the Steelers beat the Chiefs on Sunday and advance to the AFC Championship game, it will interesting to see if Porter is reinstated to his coaching position ahead of that contest.

Abel has a controversial past and was almost fired for a 2008 incident in which he pistol whipped and shot a man while off-duty. Abel's firing was overturned by a labor arbitrator.

Police have said they would cooperate with the review board's investigation.

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