Women arrested during hotel confrontation with police tell their story

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PITTSBURGH —

Several people were arrested over the weekend after a confrontation with police inside a North Shore hotel.

On Monday, Channel 11’s Renee Kaminski talked with two of the women who said police and hotel personnel were out of line.

“It was horrifying,” Tiffany Matthews said of the incident.

Matthews said her family checked into the hotel Saturday night to celebrate a child’s birthday party. But before they could even cut the cake, four people were arrested.

“All I heard was, ‘Boom, boom, boom,’ banging on the door,” Matthews said.

According to Matthews, first, the children were kicked out of the hotel pool, then the family was told to leave the hotel.

“They said we had to leave because there were too many people occupying the room. I said, ‘We were never informed of that and everybody is not staying,’” Matthews said. “But they told us we had five minutes to leave.”

Matthews said she was trying to reason with hotel staff when police showed up and things quickly escalated. Matthews said police used a Taser on her daughter.

“They (used a Taser) me again, dragged me to the floor and I was laying face down,” Paris Matthews said. “Babies were screaming. The Tasers could have hit any child in the room.”

However, according to Pittsburgh police, the Matthews family was combative and refused to leave --, locking themselves in the room.

Police said once they got the door open, they were “punched and kicked” by Tiffany and Paris. According to police, used Tasers on Paris Matthews because the 21-year-old “stepped into the officers’ personal space” and was threatening.

“We are getting in contact with the NAACP. We’re not done with this,” Matthews said.