By Jon Moss, Senior Staff Writer
December 10, 2018
A federal court case alleging an improper arrest of Pitt students at a local bar in December 2017 was dismissed Thursday.
The case plaintiffs, students Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling, filed a lawsuit in July against the popular Garage Door Saloon in Oakland, as well as its owner and its parent company. The University of Pittsburgh, the arresting officer and Pitt Chief of Police James Loftus are also defendants in the lawsuit.
[Read more about the lawsuit here: https://pittnews.com/article/138112/featured/senior-pitt-officials-allegedly-interfered-in-criminal-case-dismissal/]
All parties in the case agreed to a voluntary dismissal with prejudice, a legal term meaning the case is now permanently closed.
The lawsuit alleged that former Pitt Police officer Michael Rosfeld arrested the men without reviewing security footage that would prove the men’s innocence, depriving them of their civil rights and unjustly detaining and jailing them.
Rosfeld was suspended Dec. 11, 2017, two days after the incident, and terminated Jan. 18. He was hired in June by the East Pittsburgh Police Department, where he fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose hours after being sworn in.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office filed charges later in December related to the incident at Garage Door Saloon against Riley, Schilling and Daniel Humphrey, son of Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Kathy…