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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Web video shows combative fan clubbed at Pittsburgh Pirates game

(By Timothy Puko, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW) - Pittsburgh police Taser a man and beat him with clubs as dozens of onlookers at PNC Park chant and scream in a video that appeared across the Internet this weekend.

Scott J. Ashley, 41, of Friendship was arrested at Saturday's Pirates game and charged with four misdemeanors, including public drunkenness and resisting arrest. Ashley was still being held at the Allegheny County Jail this morning.

The video shows two officers taking at least six swings at a man meeting Ashley's description, first Tasering him to little effect before clubbing him in the neck, head, side and legs before he is eventually cuffed on the concourse floor.


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