October 30, 2014

Miles’ injuries during arrest tabbed to cost him up to $3 million

Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—The injuries a Homewood man suffered during a 2010 arrest will cost him $2 million to $3 million in earnings over his lifetime, a University of Pittsburgh economics professor says in a court document filed Tuesday.

Miles case focus narrows to officers

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—With a partial settlement of Jordan Miles’ federal lawsuit Tuesday, his legal team dropped claims against police department management and cleared the way for a July 15 trial that will focus entirely on the actions of the three officers accused of beating the teenager on a Homewood street.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Miles family rejects settlement offered in police scuffle

Timothy Puko, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—The family of Jordan Miles will not accept a $180,000 offer from the city of Pittsburgh to settle a civil lawsuit, Miles’ attorney J. Kerrington Lewis said on Monday.

Attorney seeks officers’ records

Police accused in Homewood beating Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A defense attorney whose client was arrested on drug charges by the same three officers who are accused of using excessive force in the Jordan Miles case is seeking their personnel files to potentially attack their credibility at trial.

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.

Defense lawyers hired for Pittsburgh officers in Homewood case

Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—The Pittsburgh police union hired veteran criminal defense attorneys for three officers under investigation by the city and FBI for allegations of brutality during the arrest of a Homewood teenager.

3 officers accused in beating suspended with pay

Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Three city police officers accused of beating a Homewood teenager during his arrest last month were suspended with pay Monday — a move the police union said it plans to fight and that the teen’s mother said does not go far enough.