Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jordan Miles petitions court for new civil trial against Pittsburgh police - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Jordan Miles, whose accusations that police beat and falsely arrested him resulted in a mistrial in August, petitioned the court late Tuesday for another trial.

Mr. Miles' attorney, J. Kerrington Lewis, asked U.S. District Chief Judge Gary Lancaster for "a trial date as soon as practicable."

Mr. Miles, 20, of Homewood, claimed at the civil trial that city officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak stopped him at night on Tioga Street as he walked from his mother's house to his grandmother's house and without identifying themselves beat and arrested him.

The officers told a jury that they saw Mr. Miles acting suspiciously between two houses and that when they questioned him he ran. They mistakenly thought he had a gun and arrested him using only the force necessary, the officers said.

Six of eight jurors voted to find in favor of the officers on the excessive force and false arrest counts, resulting in a mistrial. All eight jurors found in favor of the officers on a malicious prosecution count, which as a result will not be at issue in a second trial.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542.

First published on September 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

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