Pittsburgh officer who alleged ‘waste and wrongdoing’ in police technology has resigned

(Illustration by Anita Dufalla/PublicSource)
(Illustration by Anita DuFalla/PublicSource)

A Pittsburgh police officer who filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit in February against the city and one of the Public Safety department’s top officials resigned Monday morning.Officer Souroth Chatterji, who joined the department in 2012, claims in his ongoing lawsuit that he faced retaliation for uncovering what he viewed as “waste and wrongdoing” in the city’s handling of police technology.
Chatterji’s lawsuit singles out Deputy Director of Public Safety Linda Rosato-Barone. As a commander, she had supervised technology projects Chatterji was instructed to audit in 2015 by then-Chief Cameron McLay. Chatterji argues that Rosato-Barone blocked his promotion to sergeant earlier this year because he reported evidence to McLay that helped launch internal and federal investigations.
Chatterji, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, was the police bureau’s only officer of Indian descent, according to his lawsuit.




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