October 25, 2014

Cops in beating case to go back on the beat

Lauren Daley, Pittsburgh City Paper—City officials announced today that three police officers accused of beating a Homewood teenager last year will be re-instated, now that the US Department of Justice has declined to prosecute them.

Podcast: Can Jordan Miles Incident Lead to Improved Relationships and Policing?

WDUQ—In this second report on policing and community relations vis-a-vis a controversial beating and arrest last year, WDUQ looks at some elements that contribute to trust, cooperation and accountability.

Podcast: Jordan Miles Controversy Affects Police/Community Relations

WDUQ—Many in the African American community think police were the ones breaking the law in January, 2010 when they beat and arrested Jordan Miles in Homewood. There are allegations of racial profiling and excessive force.

Video/Podcast: Public testimonies in support of the Burgess Legislation

Bill 2010-0234, originally sponsored by City Council Member Ricky Burgess (Ninth District, ie. Homewood, where the incident happened), was created with input from community activists, young and old; and professional and academic law enforcement experts. CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING 
on Police Reporting & Accountability Tuesday, February 15, 2011 @ 6pm, 
Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church
, […]

Community groups: Make Pittsburgh police more accountable

Bill Vidonic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review— Community groups today urged Pittsburgh City Council to continue its efforts to make city police officers more accountable to the people they serve.

In Miles case, justice delayed is problem denied

Chris Potter, City Paper—Jordan Miles, the Homewood student left battered from an encounter with three Pittsburgh police officers in January, has started college now. Theoretically, he could graduate before we ever know what will happen to the police involved.

Pay Daze

Chris Young, Pittsburgh City Paper—Thanks to an agreement worked out between the city and the police union, three officers under investigation for allegedly beating a Homewood teen are getting paid overtime without ever setting foot on the streets or buckling into a patrol car — and that may continue for a while.

Controversy addressed over police review board changes in city

Joe Smydo and Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—After Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s moved last week to replace most of the Citizen Police Review Board, a handful of community members stood up at a meeting Tuesday night to admonish the mayor and council for what they described as a “hijacking” of the board.

Review board ramifications

Tim McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A very surprising move today by Luke Ravenstahl in replacing the city’s police review board. Beyond the connections to his current squabble with the board, it also reminds one of the time he asked for the resignations of department heads citywide in June 2007, and questions about the ethics of naming his […]

Police accountability bills delayed by council

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to delay action on five bills designed to improve police accountability so the Law Department could answer questions about them.

Burgess’ legislation questioned by police, other Council members

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazett—Pittsburgh police say they’ve long been working on some of the measures city Councilman Ricky Burgess recently introduced in the bills he’s calling the Jordan Miles Public Safety Reform Agenda.

Upon Further Review

Charlie Deitch, City Paper—“Piece of junk!” Beth Pittinger hisses at her Hewlett-Packard computer through clenched teeth.

Pittsburgh City Council eyes more police oversight in proposals

Annual reports would be required Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess on Tuesday introduced two more bills that he said are designed to improve public safety and boost public confidence in the police department.

Councilman seeks annual police report

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—As residents continued to complain about police conduct in the Jordan Miles case, Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess this morning introduced legislation that would require the police department to make an annual public report on its activities and problems.

Police incident provokes ire

City high school students rally to demand an investigation into the arrest and alleged beating of a classmate Sadie Gurman and Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Students from the city’s Creative and Performing Arts High School marched to the City-County Building on Tuesday in support of a classmate who said police brutally beat him earlier this month, […]

‘Justice For Jordan:’ FBI Involved As Students March Downtown After Police Beating

WTAE—Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School students marched down Grant Street Tuesday morning, chanting “Justice For Jordan” in support of a classmate who was severely injured during a police arrest.

Miles to Go on Police Accountability

Chris Potter, City Paper—There’s been a nightmarish familiarity about the allegations of police brutality against Jordan Miles, a CAPA honors sudent. I remember a cluster of similar allegations in the years leading up to a lawsuit and federal consent decree imposed on the city during the Murphy Administration.