Rustbelt Radio‘s Nigel Parry, Don Carpenter, Helen Gerhardt, and Kayla Slicker contributed to this report about the final two weeks of the civil trial. Listen to their first, July 30th report, here.
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.
The jury returned a partial verdict on the Jordan Miles Civil Trial. On the count that the three officers, Saldutte, Sisak and Ewing, were found to have violated Miles’ rights by Malicious Prosecution, the jury found the three officers had not. At 2:06pm, court resumed and the jury delivered its verdict. On the other two counts Excessive Use of Force and False Arrest, the foreman reported that the jury members were “hopelessly deadlocked”. The judge therefore declared a mistrial on those two charges, essentially the crux of the case, the lack of probable cause for the cops to have stopped Jordan in the first place, and the beating which by simple photographic prima facie evidence, appears to have been excessive.
“Night after night, these men go into the highest crime neighborhood in the city, where murder, rape…gun violations happen all the time… where Jordan Miles said in his FBI interview he heard gun shots every night…into a neighborhood that you and I wouldn’t drive through because of fear…we would skirt it because we would have known what would happen…”
We are waiting for news of the verdict with the Miles family outside the usual courtroom, 3A. Once news that a verdict has been reached is announced, the verdict will be read in courtroom 8A on the 8th floor. The U.S. Courthouse is at 700 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh, if you want to come and camp out with us. Photo ID is required to enter the building.
Today we will hear from the final witnesses in the Jordan Miles civil trial against the three police officers who brutally beat him. Tomorrow, we will hear the closing arguments from the attorneys for the plaintiff and defendants. Then the jury will deliberate. We could see a verdict as early as Thursday, perhaps Friday.