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Mistrial Declared In Former Police Chief Clerk's Civil Rights Case

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Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford is pursuing a case against the city of Pittsburgh, claiming she was suspended for testifying before a federal grand jury on corruption under the preview police chief.

A mistrial has been declared in a civil rights lawsuit brought by a Pittsburgh police officer who clerked for the former chief. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti granted the mistrial after Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford said her attorney was too ill to continue. Montgomery-Ford says she was suspended three years ago because she testified before a federal grand jury into alleged corruption by the administration of former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. We'll discuss the case with Trib reporter Brian Bowling.

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