2 constables convicted in woman's arrest over unpaid ticket

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 7:08 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has ruled two Pittsburgh constables "abused their power" when they handcuffed a woman and dragged her by her legs out of her home over an unpaid parking ticket.

Allegheny County Judge Beth Lazzara on Tuesday convicted Christian Constantini and Michael Lowman of simple assault, reckless endangerment, official oppression and conspiracy. Both remain free on bond pending their December sentencing.

The judge cited inconsistencies between Constantini's testimony and a report he wrote on the night of the October incident. She says she found the testimony of the woman and her daughter believable.

Defense attorneys say they'll appeal. They earlier denied wrongdoing and said their clients acted "professionally" even after the incident "got out of hand."