Police in Fatigues? Alleged Snatch and Grab Arrest at Pittsburgh G20


Arrest of protesters near Baum Avenue and South Millvale Avenue in Pittsburgh during G20 protests September 24, 2009 [GRAPHIC LANGUAGE].


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Verified Google Street View with YouTube video (second from top). Police at the end of the video are transporting arrested subject northbound Enfield St. toward Baum Blvd with Pizza Hut on the left and Mercedes Benz of Pittsburgh ahead on left.


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Demonstrator chants near a Pizza Hut:
No cops, no KKK, no fascist USA

Let him go, let him go.

With many comments on YouTube claiming the action was staged and fake, The Raw Story (rawstory.com) is claiming to have obtained an official release from G20 security officials that explains the action:

“Military members supporting the G20 Summit work with local law enforcement authorities but do not have the authority to make arrests. The individuals involved in the 9/24/09 arrest which has appeared online are law enforcement officers from a multi-agency tactical response team assigned to the security operations for the G20. It is not unusual for tactical team members to wear camouflaged fatigues. The type of fatigues the officers wear designates their unit affiliation.

Prior to the arrest, the officers observed this subject vandalizing a local business. Due to the hostile nature of the crowd, officer safety and the safety of the person under arrest, the subject was immediately removed from the area.”

— Exact source unspecified from The Raw Story

Video published by youtube.com/g20media

See also …
pittsburghsummit.gov
g20media.org (this site links to the YouTube account)