Pittsburgh police Taser a man and beat him with clubs as dozens of onlookers at PNC Park chant and scream in a video that appeared across the Internet this weekend.
Scott J. Ashley, 41, of Friendship was arrested at Saturday's Pirates game and charged with four misdemeanors, including public drunkenness and resisting arrest.
The video shows two officers taking at least six swings at a man meeting Ashley's description, first Tasering him to little effect before clubbing him in the neck, head, side and legs before he is eventually cuffed on the concourse floor.
"We both feared for our safety," city detective Francis Rende wrote in a criminal complaint filed yesterday. The other officer named is Lebella, but no first name is given.
City police spokeswoman Diane Richard declined comment through an e-mail saying she had not reviewed the police reports. Police had to intervene because the man appeared to be drunk, bothered fans in his section and belligerently refused to cooperate with PNC Park staff who asked him to leave, team spokesman Brian Warecki said.
"The PNC Park staff is well trained to ensure the safety of our fans to maintain the fan-friendly environment at PNC Park for all fans and followed PNC Park procedures last night when dealing with a disruptive guest," Warecki said in a statement.
The video begins as a stocky bald man, wearing jean shorts and a red, white and blue windbreaker with "USA" on the back and front is being escorted by police down the stadium steps. The police description of Ashley matches the video, including clothing, his bald head and description as a 220-pound, 5-foot, 9-inch man.
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