• Off-duty Pittsburgh police officer on leave after altercation with Swissvale police officer


    SWISSVALE, Pa. - A Pittsburgh police officer who got into a confrontation with a Swissvale police officer while he was off-duty is now off the streets.

    Officer Sidney Bates has been placed on paid administrative leave.

    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told Channel 11 he's concerned about the incident, which was caught on camera.

    The video shows an altercation between a female Swissvale police officer and Bates, an off-duty officer sworn in to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in May.


    The Swissvale police officer can be seen putting her hands on Bates and asking for ID because his car was stopped on the road.

    "It has been investigated by the chief and the public safety director and there will be action that will be taking place within the next 72 hours," Peduto said.

    Although Peduto didn't disclose what that action will be, sources told Channel 11 Bates should have given his license and registration and complied with the officer's demands, no matter the circumstances.

    "He was sent to the warrant office immediately and from the investigation he has been placed on leave with disciplinary action happening imminently," Peduto said.

    It's unclear whether any disciplinary action will be taken against the Swissvale police officer.

    Swissvale police have not responded to our inquiries about the incident and the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents officers in the county, has not commented about the case.



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