More Charges, Arrests Coming After Saturday's Protest Got Out Of Control

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - In a wide-ranging news conference Monday afternoon, Mayor Bill Peduto, Director of Public Safety Wendell Hissrich and Chief of Police Scott Schubert addressed the events of the past 72 hours.

Officials said that at this time, one person has been identified, accused of being one of the people that started the riot.

 20-year-old Brian Bartels, turned himself into police Monday afternoon.

Officials added that more charges and arrests will be coming in the days, weeks and months ahead.

They added the investigation could take years.

Schubert says he is encouraging businesses or anyone else with surveillance footage that shows a crime taking place on Saturday, to turn the footage into police.

A hotline has been established for people to report crimes during the incident. That number is 412-323-7800.

Officials also said, while not going into specifics, that they have read disturbing information regarding what was planned for Saturday by some, including potentially trying to burn down a police station

Police say it was a small group that caused the chaos and good deeds should also be focused on.

Schubert discussed some of the good that happened.

“Protesters who were so against what this group did, trying to help, trying to help a member of the media, trying to stop a car from getting burned, trying to end the protest when it started getting ugly, there’s a lot of good acts out there that I think we need to start identifying as well."

Peduto was asked during the press conference to respond to those who claim he allowed the riots to happen by allowing the protest to move forward.

The mayor pointed to the first amendment and said “You're damn right I did," referring to allowing the protest to take place.

Officials discussed Saturday's event with organizers and an entirely peaceful protest is what was planned.

Hissrich reiterated the purpose of Monday evening’s curfew saying the want to keep things safe.

Andrew Limberg contributed to this report.

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