April 24, 2014

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: “The Gammage Project: from Jonny to Jordan, what’s changed?”

WHERE: Charity Randall Theatre, in the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Ave. WHEN: January 23, 7:00 PM WHO: David Harris, Elizabeth Pittinger, Tim Stevens, Wayne Babish, and Attilio Favorini Sorry: Audio degrades due to buzz towards end of broadcast. Pittsburgh, PA, January 17, 2012 – “The Gammage Project: From Jonny to Jordan, what’s changed?” begins […]

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 […]

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: 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
, […]

Christmas Bonus

Chris Young, Pittsburgh City Paper—It’s been nearly a year since photos of Jordan Miles’ bruised and swollen face surfaced on local newscasts. Those wounds have healed, but as we approach the one-year mark of the former CAPA student’s controversial Jan. 12 arrest, frustration festers among some local activists and city officials. The investigation “is just […]

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.

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.

‘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.

FBI looking into CAPA student’s police beating claim

Rich Lord, Sadie Gurman and Dan Majors, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The chief counsel for the Pittsburgh office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation this afternoon confirmed that agents are looking into allegations that city police officers brutally beat an 18-year-old CAPA student earlier this month.

Mother alleges son brutalized by police

Jeremy Boren and Adam Brandolph, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—The mother of a high school senior who performed for first lady Michelle Obama while she was in Pittsburgh in September says her son did not deserve to be “brutally attacked” by police officers outside his home earlier this month.