July 26, 2014

Associated Press: Second officer on stand in Pittsburgh beating case

Associated Press—The second of three white Pittsburgh police officers being sued by a young black man who claims he was wrongfully beaten and arrested has taken the stand to defend himself against civil rights allegations. David Sisak told the federal court jury on Monday that he tackled Jordan Miles through some hedges _ one of […]

Jordan Miles’ expert rebuts police account of arrest

Torsten Ove, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—An expert hired by Jordan Miles’ legal team in his federal civil rights suit against the city of Pittsburgh says three plainclothes police officers had no reason to stop Mr. Miles on a Homewood street last year and used too much force in subduing him during an arrest.

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.

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.

Justice Department investigating police beating of CAPA student

Dennis B. Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The Department of Justice Wednesday confirmed that its civil rights division has opened an investigation into the Jan. 12 arrest and beating of Pittsburgh high school student Jordan Miles.

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.

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.

Judge dismisses charges against CAPA student

Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A judge relied on the testimony of a witness over the police version of events in dismissing charges Thursday against Jordan Miles, a high school student charged with assault and resisting arrest.

WTAE: Charges Dismissed Against Teen Who Says Cops Beat Him

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Judge dismisses charges against teen beaten by police

Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A judge today dismissed all charges against Pittsburgh high school student Jordan Miles, who claims he was badly beaten by three police officers during his arrest in Homewood.

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.

Spinning the Bottle in Jordan Miles case

Chris Potter, City Paper—Remember Jordan Miles, the CAPA student who got pummeled by police in Homewood, supposedly because the cops thought he might have a gun stowed in the pocket of his jacket? And remember how the “gun” turned out to be a bottle of Mountain Dew?

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.

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.

Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: Three plainclothes Pittsburgh police officers arrested Jordan Miles, 18, of Homewood on Jan. 12. And from photos taken in the aftermath, it’s apparent that Mr. Miles, a senior honors student, was severely beaten. The officers say they thought Miles was carrying a gun. Police say he scuffled with them. Miles said […]

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.

Hard to fathom police defense in beating

Tony Norman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The beating of 18-year-old Jordan Miles on a Homewood street by three plainclothes police officers earlier this month is inexplicable to everyone — except the Fraternal Order of Police spokesman who tried to put an unconscionable act of violence into “perspective” for outraged skeptics.

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.

Miles to Go on Police Accountability

Chris Potter, City Paper—There’s been a nightmarish familiarity about the allegations of police brutality against Jordan Miles, a CAPA honors sudent. I remember a cluster of similar allegations in the years leading up to a lawsuit and federal consent decree imposed on the city during the Murphy Administration.

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.