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Local Chief wants to see harsher punishment for those that threaten police

KDKA-AM Radio Pittsburgh logo KDKA-AM Radio Pittsburgh 1/12/2023 Andrew Limberg
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Hundreds of police officers from across the nation gathered Wednesday to honor fallen Brackenridge Police Chief Justin McIntire.

One official who was there says the funeral shouldn't have happened in the first place.

Allegheny County Housing Authority Police Chief Mike Vogel, who was at the funeral, expressed frustration that the man who fatally shot Chief McIntire was free on the streets.

"The actor should not have been out of jail, it's a violent offender. There have to be laws governing this,” said Vogel. “These people cannot be released and put our communities our officers in harm's way. It has to end today."

Aaron Swan, the man accused of shooting McIntire had a lengthy rap sheet including shooting at Pittsburgh Police in 2014. Swan was killed in a shootout Pittsburgh Police hours after he killed McIntire.

“It’s unimaginable that individuals can go to jail for minute crimes on the federal level, however you can shoot at police officers and be out walking the streets two years later,” said Vogel.

Vogel wants to see harsher laws put in place for those that attempt to harm or kill an office

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