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Allegheny Co. DA has questions about brawl involving Pagans, police

(vid below) ---PITTSBURGH - The district attorney of Allegheny County has questions about several undercover Pittsburgh police officers who got in a drunken brawl while on the job.

Last week, Stephen Zappala decided to withdraw all criminal charges against the members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club.

"We had a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. I don't think they committed a crime," Zappala said.

WATCH THE FULL STORY

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Allegheny Co. DA Withdraws Charges Against Motorcycle Gang Members In Bar Brawl

(video) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has withdrawn charges filed against members of a motorcycle club in the wake of a bar brawl on the South Side last month.

The brawl, which was caught on surveillance video on Oct. 12 at Kopy’s Bar, involved members of the Pagan Motorcycle Gang and undercover officers.

“The video posed problems for law enforcement, as a result of the actions that occurred there. I think that… I was looking forward for an opportunity to start cross-examining the officers,” said defense attorney Lee Rothman.

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What led to brawl?: Zappala is right to criticize police obfuscation

Serious questions have been raised about the official police account surrounding a recent brawl

What were members of the Pittsburgh police doing drinking in a South Side bar before fighting four men, all allegedly members of the Pagans motorcycle club, earlier last month? And why are the police stonewalling the district attorney’s office as the city attempts to figure out what led to that drunken melee?

These are the questions that must be answered as serious questions have been raised about the official police account surrounding the recent brawl.

The Oct. 13 dust up was ostensibly the result of a drug dealing sting gone awry. According to the police, the undercover officers had their covers blown before a Pagan allegedly started pushing and throwing punches. The officers claimed the use of force was necessary for bringing down the unruly men.

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District attorney waits on critical information from police about undercover bar brawl

(video) --- PITTSBURGH - The Allegheny County District Attorney told Channel 11 he is waiting on critical information from Pittsburgh police about a bar brawl involving undercover officers and members of the Pagan Motorcycle Group.

"That's why I got cameras up and down Carson Street because I don't want to go through this nonsense," said Stephen Zappala, Allegheny County district attorney.

A lot of questions remain over what led to the fight inside Kopy's, and the role of the undercover police officers seen on the video.

“I don't know what kind of games these guys are playing, but this is serious stuff," Zappala said. "That's one of the reasons I'm talking with the U.S. attorney.”

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Allegheny Co. DA, U.S. Attorney Discuss Possible Federal Probe Into Pagan Motorcycle Gang-Undercover Officer Brawl

(VIDEO) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala met with U.S. Attorney Scott Brady to discuss a fight involving members of a motorcycle group and undercover police officers at a South Side bar.

The video is disturbing to watch, Frank DeLuca, a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Gang, is pinned in place against the bar while an unidentified undercover officer repeatedly punches him in the head.

“After his hair was being pulled back and his neck was being pinched, over 23 times in the face and head,” said attorney Lee Rothman.

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Attorneys Claim New Video Shows Officers Started Bar Brawl With Pagan Motorcycle Club Members

(video) --- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Four members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club were all charged after a brawl at Kopy’s Bar on the South Side earlier this month.

They are Frank DeLuca, Eric Heitzenrater, Bruce Thomas and Michael Zokaites.

New video was released by their attorneys on Tuesday. Before the brawl, you can see DeLuca reaching out to shake hands with undercover officers.

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The victim, Bryce Tompkins, was found in Neshannock Creek in December of 1988

The victim, Bryce Tompkins, was found in Neshannock Creek in December of 1988

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) - A man who's now in a Pennsylvania prison for a double homicide will be brought back to Lawrence County in the next few weeks to face murder charges from a 30-year-old cold case.

On Thursday morning, Pennsylvania State Troopers and Lawrence County District Attorney Josh Lamancusa announced they had filed charges against Regis Brown, 59, in the 1988 murder of Bryce Tompkins.

He's charged with one count of criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of intimidation of a witness.

WATCH: Thursday's full press conference

Investigators say they suspected Brown for years but could never get him to confess.

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Bar brawl suspect denies Pagans initiated fight with undercover cops

Bruce Thomas claims he was beaten and arrested for trying to help a friend at Kopy's on South Side

PITTSBURGH —

Four members of the Pagans motorcycle club are facing charges after brawling with undercover police officers in a South Side bar last weekend.

Video of the brawl at Kopy's quickly surfaced and spread on social media.

According to the criminal complaint, members of the Pagans came into the bar on South 12th Street, and one of the club members realized who the police were and blew their cover.

One of the club members became hostile and detectives tried to control the situation, the complaint said.

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Undercover Pittsburgh detectives brawl with reputed Pagans in South Side bar

Undercover Pittsburgh narcotics detectives and uniformed officers brawled early Friday morning inside a South Side bar with what police say were armed reputed members of the Pagans motorcycle club.

Pagans and police threw punches, the two sides grappled and shoved one another and a sergeant deployed pepper spray in the close confines of Kopy’s Bar on South 12th Street, according to criminal complaints.

A customer at the bar recorded several videos of the altercation, in which both uniformed and plainclothes detectives can be seen fighting with men in leather vests, some officers with Tasers in hand.

One man in plainclothes shouts, “I’m a [expletive] cop,” as he shoves a vested man to the ground and then stands over him, shouting, “You’re a [expletive] [expletive]...why don’t you [expletive] grab on to me again!”

The man on the ground says, “I didn’t!”

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Phila. Jury Awards $9.7M in Fatal Motorcycle Club Brawl

A Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly $10 million to the family of a woman killed during a scuffle with members of a motorcycle club outside of a Reading-area restaurant.

A Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly $10 million to the family of a woman killed during a scuffle with members of a motorcycle club outside of a Reading-area restaurant.

According to court records, a jury last week awarded $9.7 million to the estate of Tonya Focht, who had been fatally struck by an SUV during a melee that occurred in June 2015. The fight involved several members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club.

Although the club had been one of several defendants sued, the club had been let out of the case at the end of trial after it filed a motion for compulsory nonsuit. That decision has been appealed.

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