• Man says officers pulled him away from dead stepson, shot him with Taser in hospital; UPMC: ‘Allegations inaccurate'


    PITTSBURGH - A family told Channel 11 it is suing police after an alleged incident after their son was shot and died in the hospital.

    The Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. said when his stepson, Mileek Grissom, died in UPMC Mercy Hospital’s emergency room, police officers crossed the line.

    “I needed to tell him his family was going to be OK.  I was going to do everything I could to make sure they were OK,” Baldwin said.

    Video shows Baldwin being ripped away from Grissom by a group of police officers.  One officer used a Taser on Baldwin.

    UPMC claims Baldwin was interfering with attempts to revive his stepson.

    “Watch the video.  Not only was the child not being treated.  The child was dead,” said the Baldwin’s family attorney, Joel Sansone.

    According to Sansone, police stopped Tori Baldwin in front of the hospital, refusing to let her see her son.

    “I wanted to rub his head.  I wanted to kiss him.  I know he was calling for his mom,” said Tori Baldwin.

    Pittsburgh police did not comment Thursday after Channel 11 talked to the family.  Police will be required to publicly respond to the lawsuit claims in a matter of days.

    UPMC released this statement:

    “Clearly this was a stressful situation and a tragic loss for this family.  However, the allegations about the circumstances are inaccurate.”

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