By: Erika Stanish / KDKA-TV
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A grand jury convened Thursday to determine whether eight Pittsburgh police officers should face charges in the death of Jim Rogers.
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In October, police arrested Rogers trying to make an arrest. He later died at the hospital.
A total of eight officers were subpoenaed back in February to appear before a county grand jury. On Thursday morning, five attorneys met their clients at the Dormont City Hall. Those present were attorneys Steve Townsend, Pat Thomassey, Frank Walker, Blaine Jones and Casey White.
Townsend, Thomassey, Walker and Jones left about an hour after arriving without commenting on the investigation or disclosing who they represent. Jury proceedings are secret and confidential.
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White spoke to KDKA on camera and said what happens behind closed doors is very secret.
“I do not want to comment specifically on why we are here today. We have been sworn to secrecy throughout today’s proceedings. So at this point, I’m going to stick to the rules set forth by the judge,” White said.
White confirmed that he represented Officer Leroy Schrock but could not say how Schrock was involved in the incident. White also said that Schrock is returning to report duty to Pittsburgh police.
After the grand jury makes a decision, it will make a recommendation to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.
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The DA will ultimately make the final decision on whether there are any charges against the officers involved.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/10/police-officers-appear-before-grand-jury-death-of-jim-rogers/ Pittsburgh police appear before grand jury over Jim Rogers death – CBS Pittsburgh