Braddock Mayor Fetterman charged during UPMC protest
Pittsburgh police today charged Braddock Mayor John Fetterman with trespassing because they say he refused to leave private property during a Downtown protest.
Police said Fetterman, 41, was protesting the closing and razing of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Braddock hospital outside the U.S. Steel Tower.
Fetterman, however, told the Tribune-Review that “it’s too late to save the hospital. It has giant gaping holes in the side of it” from demolition work.
Fetterman said he staged a one-man rally to urge UPMC to establish urgent care in Braddock that is available 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“It was a plea, that UPMC open up the same quality of urgent care as they have in communities like Shadyside or Robinson,” Fetterman said.
UPMC expanded hours at its Braddock Family Health Center, but it’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. only on Tuesdays through Fridays. It has shorter hours on Mondays and Saturdays, and is not open on Sundays.
Authorities were called about 10:30 a.m. when Fetterman refused orders from building security to leave the plaza area near the entrance, according to a criminal complaint. Police said they told Fetterman he could protest on a nearby sidewalk, but he refused.
Fetterman was handcuffed and led to nearby police cars, where officers wrote him up for defiant trespassing, a misdemeanor, and then released him.