November 29, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: City police must divulge more details about cases

Council measure stems from teen’s 2010 encounter Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—After 18 months of debate, including one meeting at which the police union president performed a pat-down on the city’s top legislator, Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring the police department to share more information about stop-and-frisk encounters and other hot-button […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Council delays action on ‘stop-and-frisk’ bill

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Council, the city police department and community activists will have the next month to find common ground on a controversial police accountability bill that would require officers to file a report on every “stop-and-frisk” encounter with a pedestrian.

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, […]

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.

Pittsburgh police chief says 3 officers suspended in beating case will be reinstated to force

Associated Press—Three white plainclothes Pittsburgh police officers who had been suspended with pay for more than 15 months will be reinstated now that a city investigation has failed to “prove or disprove” allegations that they wrongly beat a black teen.

WDUQ: Jordan Miles’ Mother: “The Whole Community is Outraged”

WDUQ—City of Pittsburgh officials had said they would wait until the federal investigation was over in the case of the beating of an 18 year old African American high school student on January 12, 2010.

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 […]

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.

WTAE Video: Feds Say No Charges For Cops Who Beat Pittsburgh Teen

Jordan Miles Was Arrested By Undercover Officers In Homewood, Cleared By Judge [hana-flv-player video="http://justiceforjordanmiles.com/media/video/20110504-wtae-jordan-and-mother.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.

Community wages final battle for police accountability

Rebecca Nutall, New Pittsburgh Courier—In the wake of the alleged beating of former CAPA High School student Jordan Miles by three police officers, community activists and concerned citizens sprang into action to ensure similar incidents wouldn’t occur again. After one year, several pieces of legislation, aimed at police accountability, have been passed by city council.

Community groups seek more information on police behavior

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The Pittsburgh police department must receive additional public scrutiny, city council was told Thursday, to avoid continued erosion of trust in the police in some of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

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.

Misplaced outrage by police union

Observer-Reporter (Washington and Greene Counties)—Labor unions arose in this country for good reasons, chief among them the need to counter the tactics of predatory employers as the nation entered the industrial age.

Fake Press Release Angers Pittsburgh F.O.P.

Ralph Iannotti/KDKA—The union representing Pittsburgh police officers is angry after someone sent press releases to local media outlets, saying that the union had withdrawn its support of three officers involved in a controversial police brutality case.

Faker Claims No Union Support For Cops In Jordan Miles Beating

WTAE—Top officials with the Pittsburgh police officers’ union said a fake statement was sent to local media on Monday, alleging that the union no longer stands behind three cops who are the subject of a nearly yearlong investigation of the beating of Jordan Miles.

Number of Pittsburgh gun-related arrests, seizures plummet

Jill King Greenwood/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Pittsburgh police are seizing fewer guns and arresting fewer people for illegal gun possession citywide, leaving department heads, union officials and community leaders at odds over why.

Turmoil, crime stress Highland Park police zone

Jill King Greenwood, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—When Pittsburgh police swear in 36 new officers next week, the beleaguered Highland Park station hopes to get more than a few of the recruits.

Year later, slain officers’ family, comrades struggle

Jill King Greenwood and Chris Togneri/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—After her children go to bed, Marena Kelly sometimes sits and stares at the computer screen, quietly crying.

Upon Further Review

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

Officers In Jordan Miles Case Pass Polygraph Test

KDKA―The KDKA Investigators have learned that a federal grand jury will now investigate allegations of civil rights violations against honor student Jordan Miles.