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Pittsburgh ends ‘Operation Over Watch’ for police officers

Pittsburgh police on Wednesday shut down “Operation Over Watch,” which had officers working 12-hour overtime shifts for patrols during the city’s annual Light Up Night and in response to anticipated protests over a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.

Acting Police Chief Cameron McLay, who called for the extra duty on Nov. 19, ended it at 7 a.m. Wednesday. The mayor’s office said overtime costs would not be available until all time cards are turned in.

Police reported no arrests during Light Up Night on Friday or during the three protests that happened in the city after a grand jury in Ferguson on Monday opted against charges for a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man.

Officers working the shifts received refresher training on civil unrest and crowd control.

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