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ACLU suing white cop who arrested black Pa. teacher

Published: Tue, November 19, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a white Pittsburgh police officer on behalf of a black teacher who claims he was wrongly arrested for commenting on the officer’s driving.

The Allegheny County district attorney advised police to drop charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest against the teacher, 38-year-old Dennis Henderson.

Henderson had just left a community group meeting that addressed community-police relations when Officer Jonathan Gromek stopped after hearing Henderson criticize his driving. The incident happened June 26 and Henderson was jailed for about 12 hours after his arrest.

Gromek was pulled off patrol duty while the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations reviewed the incident.

Gromek could not immediately be reached for comment, but city police spokeswoman Diane Richard says OMI “sustained” the allegations against the officer — meaning they were found to be true.


1NilesOhio(708 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

I can say that as a white man, I've faced more than my fair share of aggression from "minorities" with some sense of power. Should I call the ACLU to sue in my behalf? Oh, that's right - it's a one-way street here.

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2Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

"Officer Jonathan Gromek stopped after hearing Henderson criticize his driving."

Sure sounds like a freedom of speech violation to me, coupled with an abuse of authority charge. This cop needs spanked real bad, and I hope the courts do it.

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3123goz(550 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

If you take the time to read the original story from June, it looks like errors on both sides, a white cop that should have ignored the black man, and the angry black man that failed to comply with a police order. Then it snowballed from there.
We all know that this story would be non-existent if the both were white, both were black, or the cop was black and the teacher white.

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