Baby doll hung from Pittsburgh light pole prompts police investigation
A baby doll found hanging from a light pole in Pittsburgh’s Homewood section Thursday morning has prompted a police investigation and outcry from a local state representative.
Pittsburgh police officers found a weather-beaten, black doll hanging from a light pole at the intersection of Brushton Avenue and Mohler Street, said spokesman Chris Togneri.
Pittsburgh police received the report of the hanging doll shortly after 9:30 a.m.
Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Lincoln-Lemington, said in a statement that residents contacted him about the doll, and he contacted police.
Togneri said investigators documented the doll and removed it. He said police continue to investigate and plan to check city cameras in the area. The police are investigating whether or not the incident was racially motivated, he said.
Gainey indicated he believes it was.
“I am disturbed and sickened by this incident,” he said. “I find it appalling, but sadly not surprising that in 2019 we are still confronted with these public displays of hate in our communities.”
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.