July 29, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper indicted

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. [Continue Reading]

Zappala won’t charge officers in Jordan Miles case

Len Barcousky / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced this morning that there is “not a prosecutable case” against three white Pittsburgh police officers resulting from their efforts to subdue a young black man in January 2010.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jordan Miles case not defining moment for Civil Rights Section, says U.S. Attorney Hickton

‘I hope our civil rights effort will not be judged by one case’ Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A year ago last week, the region’s new top federal prosecutor tasked a team of five attorneys with pursuing civil rights violations.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Both sides in Jordan Miles case to view some FBI files

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city of Pittsburgh and attorneys for Jordan Miles will be permitted to view some records from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into police handling of his January 2010 arrest.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Denial of request for grand jury testimony urged in Miles case

Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A federal judge should deny Pittsburgh’s request for federal grand jury testimony in the Jordan Miles investigation because the attorneys in the civil lawsuit between Miles and the city need to do their own work, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a court document filed Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: City seeks federal data in Jordan Miles case

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city of Pittsburgh on Thursday asked a federal judge to force the U.S. attorney’s office to turn over all grand jury testimony in the federal investigation of three Pittsburgh police officers involved in the arrest of high school student Jordan Miles during a confrontation in Homewood in 2010.

WTAE: NAACP Says DA Promises To Review Jordan Miles

NAACP Meets With Allegheny County D.A. To Talk About Teen’s Beating By Police Representatives from the national and local chapters of the NAACP met with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday to discuss the Jordan Miles case.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: NAACP asks Zappala to charge police in Jordan Miles case

Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Members of the NAACP met today with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to ask him to prosecute three Pittsburgh police officers in the Jan. 12, 2010, beating of Jordan Miles.

WTAE: National NAACP In Pittsburgh To Discuss Jordan Miles Case

NAACP To Meet With Allegheny County D.A. To Talk About Teen’s Beating By Police WTAE—Representatives from the national and local chapters of the NAACP will meet with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday to discuss the Jordan Miles case.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Group gives DA petitions seeking charges in police beating

Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The Alliance for Police Accountability delivered more than 1,000 signatures to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office this morning, again urging that criminal charges be filed against the three city police officers involved in the beating of Jordan Miles.

PHOTOS & FULL TEXT: Activists deliver a People’s Indictment of the 3 officers that beat Jordan Miles

Podcast: Special Rustbelt Radio report on Jordan Miles (extended 24 minute version)

The feature takes a look back at the 15 months since Jordan was beaten, the recent news that the federal government are not going to prosecute the cops for civil rights violations of Miles—which the Mayor and Police Chief are trying to spin as a blanket pardon. Listen to speakers including Tim Stevens, Paradise Gray, […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Justice Dept.’s decision in Jordan Miles case increases distrust

What will mend rift between police and community? Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The news that the Department of Justice wouldn’t file charges against three Pittsburgh police officers accused of using excessive force against a Homewood teenager was disappointing for the teen and his family. But for the community affected by it, the decision has served […]

Raw footage: Speakers at Emergency Protest outside City-County Building

Nigel Parry for Pittsburgh Indymedia—27 minutes of raw footage of speakers at the Justice for Jordan Miles emergency protest held outside the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh on 6 May 2011. Speakers: Tim Stevens (video start), Bria Adams (jump to 1:25), Pete Shell (jump to 4:12), Bob Maddick (jump to 7:13); Paradise Gray (jump to […]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: No fed charges in Jordan Miles’ beating

Bobby Kerlik, Jill King Greenwood, Michael Hasch, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—After more than a year of investigating, federal officials said on Wednesday they do not have enough evidence to charge three Pittsburgh police officers accused of beating a Homewood teenager during an arrest near his home.

No Charges: Cops Who Beat Pittsburgh Teen Going Back To Work

WTAE—No criminal charges will be brought against three Pittsburgh police officers who were involved in the violent arrest of then-high school student Jordan Miles in Homewood more than a year ago.

WTAE Video: No Charges: Cops Who Beat Pittsburgh Teen Going Back To Work

Jordan Miles Was Arrested By Undercover Officers In Homewood, Cleared By Judge [hana-flv-player video="http://justiceforjordanmiles.com/media/video/20110505-wtae-nate-harper.flv" width="600" height="350" description="" player="3" autoload="true" autoplay="false" loop="false" autorewind="true" /] WTAE—After a long investigation, there will be no charges against Pittsburgh police officers who made the violent street arrest of then-high school student Jordan Miles.

Feds will not prosecute police in Jordan Miles case

3 faced charges in alleged brutality against Jordan Miles Sadie Gurman and Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A Justice Department decision Wednesday not to charge three police officers with civil rights violations in the case of Jordan Miles brought relief for the accused and disillusionment for the Homewood teen whose name became inextricably linked with police […]

Police Who Beat Pittsburgh Teen Won’t Be Charged

WTAE—No criminal charges will be brought against the Pittsburgh police officers who arrested and beat then-high school student Jordan Miles in Homewood more than a year ago.

Feds say no charges in Jordan Miles case

Bill Vidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Federal officials will not charge three Pittsburgh police officers accused of beating of a Homewood teen during an arrest near his home, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced this afternoon.