December 21, 2014

Feds will not prosecute police in Jordan Miles case

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The U.S. Department of Justice announced today it has closed its investigation into the 2010 beating of Jordan Miles, saying “federal officials concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that three Pittsburgh police officers violated the Homewood teen’s civil rights.

Jordan Miles civil and criminal cases go on

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Mediation has failed to resolve a civil lawsuit stemming from the 2010 beating of Jordan Miles, because a criminal probe complicated settlement talks, court papers filed Sunday indicate.

Homewood teen’s lawsuit seeks Pittsburgh officers’ removal

Brian Bowling and Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A Homewood teenager who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and three Pittsburgh police officers wants a judge to take the officers off the street.

Despite rumors, investigation of three Pittsburgh officers continues

Jeremy Boren, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A federal civil rights investigation into three Pittsburgh officers accused of beating a Homewood teenager remains open despite a flurry of rumors that brought a rebuke from the police chief this week. “They have not told us the investigation is over,” said J. Kerrington Lewis, one of two attorneys representing Jordan Miles, […]

More on Hlavac, Miles cases

Chris Potter, City Paper—In a post earlier this week, I raised some questions about two cases involving accusations of police misconduct: the (since dismissed) charges of domestic abuse against Pittsburgh police Sergeant Eugene Hlavac, and the investigation into the conduct of officers involved in the Jordan Miles case.

Pittsburgh solicitor says investigation into Miles case still open

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The city’s probe into a high school student’s claims that three police officers beat him in January remains open pending the outcome of an FBI investigation into the allegations, city solicitor Daniel Regan said Tuesday.

Miles investigation ongoing until federal probe ends

Chris Togneri, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—An investigation into a Homewood teenager’s allegations that three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during a January arrest will remain open until a federal investigation is complete, the city solicitor said in a letter Tuesday.

Dowd demands city to release report on Jordan Miles arrest

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Councilman Patrick Dowd says the city’s investigation into a high school student’s claims that three police officers beat him in January is complete, and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is needlessly withholding its findings from the police chief.

FBI gets Homewood teen’s DNA for beating probe

Jill King Greenwood and Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—The FBI this week took a DNA sample from Jordan Miles to compare to hair and braids found on a Homewood sidewalk as part of an investigation into his allegations that three Pittsburgh police officers beat him, the teenager’s mother said Thursday.

Charges dropped: But police conduct is also at issue in the Miles case

Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Each disclosure in the case of high school student Jordan Miles raises new alarms.

Attorney: Beaten CAPA student passed lie detector test

Jill King Greenwood, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—An honors student who says three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during an arrest outside his Homewood home took a polygraph test yesterday administered by the FBI and “passed with flying colors,” his attorney said.

Hearing on hold for teen who claims he was beaten

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A hearing for a Homewood teen who claims three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during his arrest last month was postponed for a second time Thursday while the FBI and the city investigate the officers’ actions.

Hearing delayed for Homewood teen alleging police brutality

Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A district judge postponed a preliminary hearing today for a Homewood teenager who accused Pittsburgh police officers of beating him during an arrest.

Hearing postponed for teen beaten by police

City, FBI investigating case Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a Homewood teen who says three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during his arrest last month so the FBI and the city can investigate his claims.

Beating summons ghost of sins past

Eric Heyl, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—In no way can a bottle of Mountain Dew be considered a dangerous weapon.

NAACP asks Pittsburgh to fire police officers in alleged beating

Jill King Greenwood and Adam Brandolph, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Black leaders today called for prosecutors to drop criminal charges against a Homewood teenager who says three white police officers beat him during an arrest earlier this month.

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, […]

Call Made To Fire Pittsburgh Police Who Beat CAPA Student

FBI, Citizens Police Review Board, NAACP All Looking Into Homewood Arrest While the beating of high school student Jordan Miles during a Pittsburgh police arrest remains under investigation, the local NAACP branch is calling for the firings of those officers and for all charges against Miles to be dropped. “He had robbed no one — […]

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.