City officials working to improve safety in South Side, high profile areas



PITTSBURGH - City officials are in the process of hiring someone to oversee high profile entertainment areas, like the South Side, in light of another attack over the weekend.

A man who did not want to be identified told Channel 11’s Pamela Osborne that he was beaten up after a double date.

The alleged victim said he was walking with his male friend and two women on East Carson Street when they bumped into a group of rowdy guys.

The man said that at first the group was fighting amongst themselves, but they turned their attention to them.

“Three guys jumped on me and threw me to the ground. They started punching my face back and the side of my head,” the victim said.

The man said he wanted to share the story so city leaders can begin more discussions on how to keep South Side visitors safe.

“It’s one of the most livable cities and one of the most popular places in this city, but people are getting punched in the head,” he said.

City officials told Osborne they’re in the process of hiring another person within the public safety division who will oversee areas like the South Side. That person will identify issues and make improvements accordingly.