Pittsburgh Detective ‘Gives a Damn’ About Crime Victim


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles a police detective’s effort to raise money for a teenage crime victim. Detective Joseph Bielevicz, who spends his days arresting drug dealers and gun runners, had gotten to know Tionna Highsmith, 15, while investigating a shooting last summer that left her partially paralyzed. A bystander in a fight that broke out following a church carnival, she was shot by someone driving by in a car.

In September, police arrested a 19-year-old in the shooting. They believe he was the intended target in a dispute between rival neighborhood gangs. Two months later, prosecutors withdrew charges. Now, Detective Bielevicz, who lives near the scene of the shooting, is asking colleagues to contribute money to build a wheelchair ramp for the girl. “It bothered me that that happened in my neighborhood,” he said. “I happen to live here and do give a damn.”

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06197/706230-85.stm

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