By Ryan Deto
PITTSBURGH — On Sat. July 25, a protester was pushed twice by Pittsburgh Police officers on the Birmingham Bridge, according to a viral video on social media. The protester, participating in a Civil Saturday protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, was apparently recording video on their phone and walking towards the middle of the bridge, when police trotted to cut them off. On the second push, a Pittsburgh Police officer used a baton, and the protester was shoved with enough force into a jersey barrier that they fell to the ground.
Police claim that this protester jumped over a barrier, but a longer version of the video doesn’t show any barriers that would require jumping over onto the Birmingham Bridge. Jack Ohrman, who took video of the July 25 incident, says that there wasn’t a barrier.
“From what I could tell, she just walked up from the intersection where other protesters were gathered,” says Ohrman.
— Jack Ohrman (@jackohrman) July 26, 2020