PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has ordered an investigation into the arrest of a Chicago Cubs fan at PNC Park last week, KDKA reports.
Video of the incident from Wednesday’s wild-card game surfaced online over the weekend. WARNING: Video contains some graphic language. Viewer discretion advised.
A man by the name of Dimitri told SportsMockery.com that he is the Cubs fan in the video. He told the Chicago sports website his side of the story:
“After I was notified by text that I was on TV, I tried holding up my sign and was hit with a “spit” chewing tobacco cup by a Pirates fan in the left field bleachers. I had an exchange of words with the fan and the usher told me I was kicked out. I left my seat and was exiting through the concourse when a Pittsburgh police officer who didn’t know any details confronted me. Once I asked him if I could talk to him about the situation, he grabbed me and attempted to put me in a choke hold. I asked him to stop, he said “or what” (you can clearly hear this on the video). Then, the other security guards tried to smack the phone recording the incident out of my friend’s hands. I was then body slammed and handcuffed. No arrest was made, nor were any charges filed. They merely kicked me out for being a fan and excited to be on TV and watching my team win.”
According to SportsMockery.com, Dimitri sustained some injuries during the incident. He is speaking with an attorney and is considering pressing charges.
No word yet from Pittsburgh police.
No other details have been released at this time.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.