Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The second trial in the civil case filed by Jordan Miles against Pittsburgh police officers has been postponed from a November date to March 10. U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone issued the new trial schedule today.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell today announced a federal grand jury handed up a five count indictment of former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar said the indictment included one count of criminal conspiracy. Judge Mitchell described the four other counts as “tax problems.” The grand jury foreman said 17 members were present and at least 12 voted to indict. Mr. Cessar motioned for an arrest warrant. At an afternoon initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Judge Mitchell, Mr. Harper pleaded not guilty as is standard at this stage of federal proceeding. He appeared in a brown suit with attorneys Robert DelGreco and Robert Leicht, who said they will continue to represent him.
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.
Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette— The third week of the Jordan Miles civil trial began this morning with testimony from two neighbors who said they found what were apparently braids of the young man’s hair in a hedgerow the morning after his encounter with police.
Associated Press—The second of three white Pittsburgh police officers being sued by a young black man who claims he was wrongfully beaten and arrested has taken the stand to defend himself against civil rights allegations. David Sisak told the federal court jury on Monday that he tackled Jordan Miles through some hedges _ one of […]
PITTSBURGH – A young black man who claims three white Pittsburgh police officers wrongfully beat and arrested him on a Homewood street described the incident publicly for the first time Thursday as a federal civil rights trial continued downtown. “Hearing him explain what he went through is like — I wish could have just taken […]
By Rich Lord Jordan Miles finally had his say Thursday in the region’s most contentious police abuse trial since the 1990s, but if attorneys for three accused officers have their way, his case could snap under the weight of a twig.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: ‘I thought I was going to be robbed,’ Miles says of 2010 encounter with 3 Pittsburgh officers
By Brian Bowling and Margaret Harding It normally took Jordan Miles three to five minutes to walk between his mother’s house on Tioga Street and his grandmother’s house on Susquehanna Street in Homewood, where he slept on most school nights. On Jan. 12, 2010, he didn’t reach his grandmother’s house and, instead, wound up lying […]
By Rich Lord Two years, six months and one week after his nighttime encounter with Pittsburgh police on Homewood’s Tioga Street, Jordan Miles was finally able to testify in court today at his civil trial alleging police brutality. Officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak, who are accused of falsely arresting, beating and maliciously […]