During the Chicago Cubs 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game, there was apparently much more action occurring off the field in the left field bleachers.
Today, a fan by the name of Dimitri shared a very disturbing story, along with the supporting video, which depicts a police officer taking things way too far for no apparent reason. We have reached out to the Pittsburgh Police, but have yet to receive a response.
Here’s Dimitri, in full garb, when he was put on TV.
— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) October 8, 2015
Here’s what Dimitri shared with Sports Mockery on the events that took place on Wednesday night:
After I was notified by text that I was on TV, I tried holding up my sign and was hit with a “spit” chewing tobacco cup by a pirates fan in the left field bleachers. I had an exchange of words with the fan and the usher told me I was kicked out. I left my seat and was exiting through the concourse when a Pittsburgh police officer who didn’t know any details confronted me, once I asked him if I could talk to him about the situation, he grabbed me and attempted to put me in a choke hold. I asked him to stop, he said “or what” (you can clearly hear this on the video). Then, the other security guards tried to smack the phone recording the incident out of my friends hands. I was then body slammed and handcuffed. No arrest was made, nor were any charges filed. They merely kicked me out for being a fan and excited to be on TV and watching my team win.
Dimitri stated while he was not arrested, he was forced to make a trip to the emergency room after suffering injuries to his back and wrist. He’s currently in talks with an attorney and is considering pressing charges.
Knowing the backstory, you be the judge, did this police officer abuse his power?
Here’s the thing, this isn’t the first time there has been issues with the police in the left field bleachers at PNC Park….a fan got tasered and beaten by police back in 2011.