With questions being asked about the arrest of Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter, acting Pittsburgh police chief Scott Schubert said the arresting officer acted appropriately.
“In order to clear the air regarding conflicting reports in the media surrounding the circumstances that led to the arrest of Mr. Porter, I reviewed video available from several vantage points, including the arresting officer’s body-worn camera,” Schubert said in a statement via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Megan Guza. “I have concluded that the officer’s account of the incident is accurate, and our officer conducted himself in the professional manner that is to be expected.
“Once the altercation began, the officer turned on his body-worn camera as soon as he was safely able. I support the actions of Officer Paul Abel in this arrest.”
According to the police report, Abel was off duty working as a security guard, in his police uniform, when he got involved in an altercation between Porter and another guard. Porter allegedly ignored Abel’s commands to stop and lifted the guard off the ground, and later grabbed Abel by his wrists.
Porter was arrested, hit with five charges and released on $25,000 bond. He has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence by the Steelers.
The arrest has been called into question by a citizen’s police review board due to some of Abel’s past conduct. In 2008 he was charged with with drunken driving, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment after pistol whipping a man and shooting him while off duty. Abel was acquitted of those charges, and also cleared in 2011 after an incident involving his brother-in-law at a courthouse brawl, via Guza.