Pittsburgh police offered free Santana tickets

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh’s Office of Municipal Investigations is trying to determine if police bureau policies were violated when officers were offered up to six free tickets each to attend the Santana-Rod Stewart concert at Consol Energy Center.


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says the police bureau has confirmed an email offering the tickets to Tuesday night’s concert was sent to officers on May 21.


City ethics rules ban public employees from accepting tickets to athletic or cultural events worth more than $250 per year. The concert tickets ranged from $37.50 to $142.50, so an officer who accepted two top-price tickets could have violated the policy.


AEG Facilities, which manages the arena, says concert promoters will sometimes make free tickets available to first responders to shows that don’t sell out. It wasn’t clear how many officers, if any, received free tickets.


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