September 17, 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]

City Paper: Miles to Go: After more than a year of being the face for police accountability, Jordan Miles is now adding his voice

Chris Young, Pittsburgh City Paper—Since his arrest and beating at the hands of three undercover city police officers last year, Jordan Miles has been the face of efforts to reform the Pittsburgh Police  — whether he wanted to be or not.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoon: “Pittsburgh Justice”

Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette blog—The U.S. Justice Department ended its investigation into the beating of a Jordan Miles without issuing any charges. The officers involved were reinstated to active duty without any real explanation of what happened. Police Chief Nate Harper said, “There is no question that Mr. Jordan Miles sustained physical injuries, but there […]

Vanessa German: open note poem to pittsburgh police chief

i see you on the news sometimes you wear nice hats & nice coats & your moustache is always trimmed nice & you give good press conferences

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, […]

Post-Gazette: Rally protests outcome of Jordan Miles investigation

Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—More than 100 people rallied outside the City-County Building this afternoon to protest the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to not file civil rights charges against three city officers involved in the Jordan Miles case.

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.

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.

WTAE Video: No Charges: Cops Who Beat Pittsburgh Teen Going Back To Work

Jordan Miles Was Arrested By Undercover Officers In Homewood, Cleared By Judge [hana-flv-player video="http://justiceforjordanmiles.com/media/video/20110505-wtae-nate-harper.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.

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.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Three accused police officers to be reinstated to the department

Margaret Harding, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—Three Pittsburgh police officers accused of beating a Homewood teen more than a year ago will be reinstated to the department, city officials said today.

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.

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.

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.

Pittsburgh council approves sweeping changes for police department

Adam Brandolph/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review—After months of meetings, public vetting and political wrangling, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a set of bills that would hold the police bureau to its promises.

Wreaking Hlavac

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

Pittsburgh City Council eyes more police oversight in proposals

Annual reports would be required Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess on Tuesday introduced two more bills that he said are designed to improve public safety and boost public confidence in the police department.

Police Show Support For Officers In Alleged CAPA Beating Case

WTAE—On Jan. 12, a Creative And Performing Arts High School student was involved in an altercation with police in Homewood.