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4th motorcycle club member files lawsuit over fight with police officers

PITTSBURGH - A new lawsuit has been filed in the bar brawl between motorcycle club members and undercover Pittsburgh police officers.

This is the fourth lawsuit filed by a member of the Pagans motorcycle club stemming from that October fight at Kopy’s Bar on the South Side.

The Pagans claim the officers had been drinking all night and taunting them. They also say the officers started the brawl. 

Criminal charges against the four Pagans were dismissed, and the officers have been on paid suspension since the fight.

In this newest lawsuit, Bruce Thomas claims the officers used excessive force and he's accusing them of malicious prosecution and false arrest. 

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3rd member of motorcycle club files lawsuit after South Side bar brawl

PITTSBURGH - A third member of the Pagans motorcycle club has filed a lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh after an altercation with undercover police officers in a bar.

The fight took place in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 12 at Kopys bar in the South Side.

Initially, several members of the motorcycle club were charged, but those charges have since been dropped.


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Police: ‘Pagan’ harassment suspect says someone stuck gun in his mouth

WILKES-BARRE — A Wayne County man who claims to be a member of a motorcycle gang told city police someone placed the barrel of a shotgun inside his mouth on Monday.

Police arrested Robert E. Fulmer, 51, of Hawley, on charges he forced his way inside a residence on North Fulton Street and threatened several people saying, “I’m a (expletive) pagan I will kill you and everyone in that house,” according to court records.

During the chaos, Fulmer claimed he was attacked and a shotgun placed in his mouth.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to 105 N. Fulton St. for a report several people had a man on the floor with guns aimed at his head at about 11 a.m. When officers arrived, Fulmer was detained when he was found sitting in a vehicle.

Tiffany Ankadovich told police Fulmer forced himself inside her residence looking for Alyssa Smith.

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City money used to pay for officers' drinks before brawl at South Side bar

(video) --- PITTSBURGH - A night of binge drinking by four undercover Pittsburgh police detectives that ended with a brawl on the South Side was paid for with city money, Target 11 has confirmed.

The owner of Kopy's Bar told Channel 11 that the officers had been drinking for several hours before several members of the Pagans motorcycle club walked in just before midnight.

About an hour later, words were exchanged between the two groups and a fight broke out.

All four officers involved have been reassigned, and the charges that were initially brought against the Pagans have been dropped.

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Report: 4 Officers Involved In South Side Bar Brawl Placed On Administrative Leave

(video) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Four Pittsburgh Police officers involved in a South Side bar room brawl have been placed on paid leave.

Surveillance video shows the fight between undercover officers and members of the Pagans motorcycle club at Kopy’s Bar onthe South Side earlier this year.

According to the Tribune-Review, the case is still being investigated by the Office of Municipal Investigations, the Citizens Police Review Board and the FBI.

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All 4 cops involved in Kopy's bar brawl removed from narcotics unit

All four Pittsburgh police officers involved in a South Side bar brawl have been removed from the narcotics unit while the investigation continues, Mayor Bill Peduto said Monday.

The brawl between the undercover officers and members of the Pagans motorcycle club at Kopy’s remains under investigation by the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations, the Citizens Police Review Board and the FBI.

The police department is conducting its own internal review.

Peduto said new information came to light that led to the decision to remove the officers from the narcotics unit, though he would not specify what was discovered. He said there is no timetable for when the investigations will wrap up.

“We felt it prudent to move all four officers out of narcotics,” he said.

A Public Safety spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Pagans guitar maker Freddy Augello sentenced to life plus 30 years in April Kauffman murder at Shore

MAYS LANDING, N.J. — Freddy Augello finally got his chance to speak his mind in court on Wednesday, and the Jersey Shore Pagans motorcycle club leader, guitar maker, and convicted murderer blamed the 2012 killing of April Kauffman on two other men: one who testified against him and another who died of an overdose years ago.

“I’m not John Gotti," he told Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury.

DeLury was undeterred. After listening to Augello for more than 20 minutes — a speech the prosecutor later called “the ramblings of a man who’s going to spend the next 55 years in jail” — he sentenced Augello, 62, to life in prison for being the leader of a drug ring, and 30 years for murder.

Augello would not be eligible for parole unless he lived to age 117. He plans an appeal of the verdict.

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Woman stabbed multiple times in Philadelphia motorcycle club


Police are trying to figure out who stabbed a woman multiple times at a party in West Philadelphia.

Officers were called to the 6100 block of Market Street around 3 a.m. Friday.

The 23-year-old victim says another woman stabbed her after they got into a fight at the Wheels of Soul motorcycle club.

The victim was stabbed in the head, face, and chest. She is currently in critical condition.

Detectives are now checking surveillance cameras and trying to interview the other people at the party.

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1 Pittsburgh cop involved in bar brawl with Pagans reassigned

One of four Pittsburgh police officers involved in a bar brawl last month with members of the Pagans motorcycle club has been reassigned while the investigation continues, officials said Wednesday.

Mayor Bill Peduto earlier Wednesday said multiple officers had been reassigned. A spokesman for the mayor later said only one officer had been given new duties.

It was not clear which of the four officers had been reassigned, only that he remained in the narcotics and vice unit. Police Chief Scott Schubert could not be reached.

Detectives David Honick, David Lincoln, Brian Burgunder and Brian Martin were working an undercover detail when they arrived at Kopy’s on South 12 th Street around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Six members of the Pagans arrived about four hours later. An argument between several of the detectives and at least one Pagan escalated into a brawl at about 12:40 a.m. Oct. 12.

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Motorcycle Club Member Sues City, Police Officers Over Bar Brawl

(video) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A member of a motorcycle club, who was seriously hurt in a bar fight with undercover Pittsburgh Police officers, is now suing the city.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Frank DeLuca claims in his lawsuit that the officers were drunk, aggressive and provoked the brawl.

Frank DeLuca suffered face and head trauma.