November 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper indicted

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell today announced a federal grand jury handed up a five count indictment of former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar said the indictment included one count of criminal conspiracy. Judge Mitchell described the four other counts as “tax problems.” The grand jury foreman said 17 members were present and at least 12 voted to indict. Mr. Cessar motioned for an arrest warrant. At an afternoon initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Judge Mitchell, Mr. Harper pleaded not guilty as is standard at this stage of federal proceeding. He appeared in a brown suit with attorneys Robert DelGreco and Robert Leicht, who said they will continue to represent him. [Continue Reading]

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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 Officers Reinstated

WDUQ—After spending more than a year on paid leave, the three Pittsburgh police officers involved in the beating of Jordan Miles have begun the process of being reinstated to the force.

3 officers in Jordan Miles case reinstated

DA still reviewing case Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh’s mayor and police chief announced today that three officers who had been off the job during an investigation into the arrest of Jordan Miles are being reinstated without discipline.

CBS/KDKA: Officers In Jordan Miles Case To Be Reinstated (with Video)

[hana-flv-player video="http://justiceforjordanmiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/20110505-kdka-jordan-miles.flv" width="600" height="450" description="" player="3" autoload="true" autoplay="false" loop="false" autorewind="true" /] KDKA—Three Pittsburgh police officers who were accused of beating up a CAPA High School senior in Homewood last year will return to work.

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

Wreaking Hlavac

Chris Potter, City Paper—OK, it’s way too soon to say I told you so, but …

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.

Upon Further Review

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

Homewood residents criticize police

Public hearing addresses police reforms Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A public hearing on proposed police reforms Wednesday night quickly turned to emotional talk of race relations and animated calls from residents for further punishment against three officers accused of beating a Homewood teen during his arrest in January.

Pittsburgh Police ‘Blue Flu’ Rumors Dismissed

WTAE—Pittsburgh police are warned not to call in sick without reason or cut back on patrols in the wake of a judge’s decision to dismiss the charges against CAPA high school student Jordan Miles, who claims he was beaten by three officers.

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.

Honors student Jordan Miles cleared by judge

Bobby Kerlik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—A Homewood teenager at the center of a racially charged police brutality investigation celebrated with his family Thursday when a judge dismissed charges from his arrest by officers he says beat him.