Pittsburgh police officers accused of drinking on the job on election night

PITTSBURGH — Multiple Pittsburgh Police Officers are facing disciplinary action after allegedly violating department orders while on duty.

The officers were scheduled to work 12-hour shifts on election day but were given permission to leave early and return to their homes, because they were still getting paid.

Target 11′s Rick Earle has learned that as many as 17 officers stopped at a southside restaurant to eat, as well as consume alcohol, while on the clock.

The City of Pittsburgh obtained surveillance footage to identify the officers involved.

Sources tell Target 11, police administration were very concerned about the potential of an outbreak in the department, due to the threat of being exposed to the virus at the gathering.

Shortly after that incident, more than 100 officers were quarantined for possible exposure to the virus.

On Thursday, Target 11 learned that the officers are facing disciplinary charges including conduct unbecoming of an officer, insubordination and drinking while on duty.

A spokesperson for the department of public safety told Channel 11, “…we were made aware of the allegations and took immediate action to ensure the safety of all officers and the public. While the matter remains under review, appropriate discipline will be issued for all violations of City policy,” said Cara Cruz.

Target 11′s Rick Earle has learned that some of the officers will be suspended, while others could be transferred to different zones.

As of Thursday evening, the police officers’ union declined to comment. The restaurant where the gathering took place is not accused of doing any wrongdoing.