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Citizens board: Video backs cop in Steelers' coach arrest

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 25, 2017 9:36 AM
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FILE- In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter runs a drill during the NFL football teams' practice in Pittsburgh. Porter has been arrested at a Pittsburgh bar following the team's wild-card win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Pittsburgh) -- The director of the Pittsburgh Police Citizens Review Board says video of the arrest of Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter supports an officer's version of the events, including that Porter grabbed the officer's wrists, rendering him defenseless.

Porter's attorney is declining comment on executive director Elizabeth Pittinger's comments.

The Allegheny County district attorney had previously said the video didn't support the most serious criminal charges against Porter -- including aggravated assault for allegedly grabbing Officer Paul Abel's wrists. A spokesman says the prosecutor is sticking by that assessment.

Porter faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 21 on remaining citations for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Porter allegedly scuffled with a bouncer who denied him admission to a bar, and then Abel, hours after the Steeler's Jan. 8 playoff win over Miami.

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