Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. Holds Press Conference for Lawsuit Against Officer Who Falsified Report & Wrongfully Arrested Two Men

On July 2, 2018, Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. will hold a press conference regarding the following lawsuit: Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling v. Police Officer Michael Rosfeld; Southside Sin City, Inc.; The Garage Door Saloon; Mark Welshonse; P; Police Chief James K. Loftus; and, University of Pittsburgh

Attorney Robert Peirce is representing Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling as they file a suit against Police Officer Michael Rosfeld for depriving the plaintiffs of their civil rights during an arrest. The incident, which took place on December 9, 2017, started when Mr. Riley and Mr. Schilling were forcibly removed from The Garage Door Saloon, a local bar, and arrested by Officer Rosfeld. The events that followed ultimately led Officer Rosfeld to arrest both Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling on fabricated charges, depriving them of their civil rights and unjustly detaining and incarcerating them both.

On the evening of December 9, 2017, Mr. Riley and Mr. Schilling were forcibly removed from The Garage Door Saloon in Oakland by the bar’s owner, Mark Welshonse. While removing Mr. Riley and Mr. Schilling, Mark Welshonse made unlawful contact with both men. Once they were outside, Mr. Riley located a nearby police officer who then accompanied Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling back to the bar to help address the problem.

At this time, Officer Michael Rosfeld arrived on the scene in response to a request from Mark Welshonse, the bar owner. Officer Rosfeld, who worked for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department, arrested Mr. Riley and Mr. Schilling in front of The Garage Door Saloon on two charges of simple assault, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, and drunk and disorderly conduct. While making the arrest, Officer Rosfeld claimed that these charges were supported by The Garage Door’s surveillance footage, which he claimed to have reviewed. However, Officer Rosfeld had not reviewed any footage, thus fabricating the charges brought against both Mr. Riley and Mr. Schilling.

Upon learning that the charges were fabricated, Magisterial District Judge Anthony L. DeLuca dismissed all charges during the preliminary hearing on December 21, 2017.

Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling are now fighting for justice for the wrong committed against them by Officer Michael Rosfeld and the University of Pittsburgh Police Department. The plaintiffs claim they were deprived of their civil rights and were unjustly detained and incarcerated by Officer Rosfeld after he gave his falsified report.

Due to his irresponsible actions, Officer Rosfeld was suspended from the University of Pittsburgh Police Department until his official termination in January of 2018. However, there is reason to believe this was not the first time Officer Rosfeld fabricated evidence.

The plaintiffs, Timothy Riley and Jacob Schilling, will file a lawsuit through the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County against Southside Sin City, Inc., The Garage Door Saloon, Mark Welshonse, Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, Police Chief James K. Loftus, and University of Pittsburgh. A press conference will be held on Monday, July 2, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Offices of Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. to expand on the lawsuit.

To learn more about this lawsuit, or to discuss a legal issue you are facing, we encourage you to reach out to our firm. Our Pittsburgh attorneys handle a variety of legal cases, including personal injury, social security disability, nursing home abuse, car accidents, and more. If you need skilled, experienced legal help, our team is here to help.

Contact Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. to request a free consultation for your case today.

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