The preceding posters hint at something that came to mind last evening.
I wonder if you were profiled. Not in the general racial sense, but in a criminal sense. For example, I've read of one Florida or Georgia chief who instructshiscops tostop every northbound car with two Latino males driving exactly the speed limit--characteristics of drug runners. The chief defended his tactics although totally unconstitutional.
Applied to the present case, I wonder if there were not some factors that made the cop think, "Aha. I might get a drug arrest if I stop these lads and abuse them a while." Characteristics: time of day, route traveled, age or condition of vehicle, two adult males, etc.
Based on my knowledge, having grown up in and around Pittsburgh, I have little doubt that they were profiled and that race was a factor; more so that it was a case of multi-racial profiling. "clean cut , well mannered black" is an oxymoron to many people in western Pennsylvania. It is not common in Pittsburgh, or any of western Pennsylvania, for white people to be friends with black people. Those who are seen together are often presumed to be acquaintances based on drug dealings or other criminal activity. They also have special names for Sig229 and his friend.
If this happened in Oakland, it's especially likely that the police thought they would find drugs in the vehicle. The other factors that Citizen stated, such as time, route, vehicle would also have played a role; but a white guy driving a black guy through Pittsburgh sticks out like a sore thumb. Couple that with being in an area known for drugs and the heat will be on you.
Pittsburgh is rampant with racism
. It was rated the number one of "America's Most Livable Cities" by Forbes
, but they didn't mention that's only if you're white.
Clinton won Allegheny County, and all but seven Counties of Pennsylvania in the primaries
. The reason Obama won
Allegheny County over McCain in the election is because there are many staunch Democrats that would, and I'm merely quoting here!, "rather vote for a
] than a Republican." --anonymous