September 1, 2015

Statement from the Miles Family about the Civil Trial Partial Verdict

From Terez Miles:

Jordan Miles was a victim of racial profiling and was badly injured in a vicious, unprovoked attack. His attackers then spun a web of lies in order to protect themselves. Everything that they did was with callous disregard for Jordan’s life, health and future. The fact that his attackers happened to be three white police officers does not absolve them of guilt. In fact, we believe that they are even guiltier, because police should be out to protect and serve, not to act as a gang of self-aggrandizing thugs, drunk on their own sense of power and impunity.

Several people have asked members of our family how we stay so calm given all that we’re going through. It’s no secret that we’re Christians and much prayer and Bible reading has kept us comforted, assured and peaceful. Although the first trial ended in a mistrial, Psalm 37:1-2 says, “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb.” And while they are too long to include in their entirety, Proverbs 6:12-19* brings to mind the defendants in this case and Proverbs 26:24-26** seems to speak directly of racists.

We do not consider the mistrial a setback but rather a bump on the road to justice. We will continue to trust in the Lord, and will gladly proceed to the next step. We continue to covet the prayers and support of the many people who have been with us from the beginning. Please be encouraged and don’t give up because we never will.

*Proverbs 6:12-19

New International Version (NIV)
12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

**Proverbs 26:24-26

New International Version (NIV)
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.
25 Though their speech is charming, do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Comments

  1. I am so sorry for the injustice I feel happened in your case. I believe there was no reason to stop Jordan, then to beat him in this case. Either there was paranoia on the police officers side that caused them to react the way they did (without cause) or they have maliciously racial prejudices that allowed them to feel justification toward Jordan. Either way they had no right to treat another human being with the neglected rights that they treated Jordan…..only if he produced a weapon and only if they were in immediate harm could they use the force they used. It was 3 against 1 and they were “trained” officers with weapons. I moved to Pittsburgh 8 years ago having lived in Hawaii, Outside the U.S., and California. The first time I ever heard the N-word expletive in a derogatory manner was when I moved here. While we have come a long way toward respecting each other as people rather than separated by color groups, we still see color instead of integrity, or assume negatively rather that expect positively. I look forward to justice for Jordan and hope that your faith will keep your spirits high and lead you to a positive outcome.
    My own grandfather was a retired police detective (in another state) while my uncle was police chief there, I have many members of my family in law enforcement and this case leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I have met law enforcement here that have treated me kindly and I have a deep respect for the job they do, It would sadden me that a few members that failed to live up honorably to the badge would demean the rest of those that share their uniform.

  2. captain pick a. card says:

    I feel for Mr. Miles. I was a CAPA student, also a victim of corruption, and have been bamboozled by local police and judges,.. The fact is, Jordan Miles was unarmed, and theres no reason for the severity of the beating the officers did to that man… Its common knowledge that Pittsburgh’s had some of the most brutal police in this nation as long as any average person can remember. I feel fortunate to have never been beaten or attacked to the severe point to which they did to Mr. Miles.
    I’m infuriated at the decision not to hold those officers accountable.
    Pretty soon, on the street or in the county, the mans just gonna be goin round slappin people tellin folks to “Shut the fuck up!”
    THINGS NEED TO C HANGE. THOSE COPS NEED TO BE PUNISHED FOR THE CRIME THEY COMMITTED.

  3. Lena Lewis says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this.i have lifted your family up immediately in my prayers.Trust & have faith that God will handle this!! I am the wife & mother of 2 sons who were in a similar situation…..only ours was with phila Police….After 1 1/2 yr of battle with the commonwealth of PA to fight criminal charges brought up against my husband and 2 sons we hired super lawyer Dennis Cogan.Five days after hiring Dennis Cogan,all of the charges were all dismissed against my husband and 2 sons…see recent article at http://mobile.philly.com/news/?wss=/philly/news/breaking/&id=200533311

  4. Brenda Dixon says:

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! God bless the Miles family. Jordan will do great things!!! I praise the Lord reading about this young God fearing man repeating the Lord’s Prayer while going through an adverse encounter. Nobody’s mad but the devil!!! We wrestle not against flesh & blood but against rulers, evilness in high places of this dark world. Thank you Jesus & bless the Miles family especially your child, Mr. Jordan Trent Miles, Amen.

  5. Lori L. says:

    I don’t watch local news much, but I couldn’t believe the pictures of this young man. It’s so disgusting and brutal. I haven’t read thru every detail of this incidence, but have read enough to know…nothing justifies what these so-called ‘officers’ did to Jordan. It’s outrageous, after this cruel attack–these ‘men’…[not real men, 3 guys on 1 please!], will resume their positions in law enforcement.
    I am lucky to not have to worry about being racially profiled. When I think it’s hard being a woman, I know it’s harder being a black woman. I can’t imagine having a black son, who you must worry about even when he’s doing NOTHING wrong…just trying to live his life. Mostly, I can’t imagine having to prove to others, your life has meaning and value. Because obviously to these 3 white ‘men’ and those allowing them to resume their jobs, Jordan’s does not. That’s extremely sick and sad. But moving beyond emotion, it’s criminal and he and his family deserve justice. May they get it in November.

  6. Eloquence Rowell says:

    “If better is possible good is not enough.” I believe that every man is as guilty as their minds and conscience are. I pray that the boycott that I am about to start champions those of the idealogies and philosophies that this young man and his family have decided to uphold. I post this comment and pray that I get a number of people who are interested in protesting with me.

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