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Feb. 19 2010 - 11:43 am | 215 views | 0 recommendations | 2 comments

As hearing for Pittsburgh teen beaten by police is postponed, story fades from headlines


Jordan Miles, with a shaved head, after Pittsburgh police allegedly beat him last month, tearing portions of his dreadlocks from his scalp.

Yesterday morning, Jordan Miles, the 18-year-old CAPA student allegedly beaten by Pittsburgh Police last month, was told he would have to wait another two weeks for a proper hearing in his case. Sadie Gurman from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette filed this report:

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.

Jordan Miles, 18, will return to court in two weeks, a judge ruled today.

He was charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault after police said they saw him “sneaking around” a house on Tioga Street in Homewood with a bulge in his coat. Police said what appeared to be a weapon turned out to be a bottle of Mountain Dew, a claim Mr. Miles’ attorney denied this morning.

“The real victim in this case is standing before you,” he told the judge. “The people who have committed crimes against him are in the building but refused to testify.” (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

More than a month has passed since the incident, and in that time the story has slowly faded from headlines. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has been doing a good job covering the case. And so has Elwin Green, a citizen journalist from Homewood, the neighborhood where Jordan lives. Many in Pittsburgh are skeptical any action will be taken against the three undercover police officers involved. More info will be posted as it becomes available.


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    Pittsburgh CP’s still on it:


    And indeed, because the PG and Trib are only going to cover Jordan Miles when major related events occur, it’s up to bloggers to keep folks up to date, and to make sure the general public doesn’t forget about Jordan Miles’ encounter with police.

    Thanks for following this, Matt.

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