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Teen assaulted by cops in Pittsburgh,PA .. thoughts?

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:27 AM
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Brutality charged as Pittsburgh police defend 'fist strikes' on teen

January 22, 2010 8:22 p.m. EST
Pittsburgh police acknowledge they used
Pittsburgh police acknowledge they used "closed fist strikes" on Jordan Miles, but only to subdue him.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Officers believed Jordan Miles, who ran from them, was engaged in criminal activity
  • Miles' mother says she plans to file civil rights claim; judge postpones case until next month
  • Jordan Miles was charged with aggravated assault, loitering, resisting arrest and escape

(CNN) -- An arrest in which several punches were thrown has triggered an accusation of brutality against Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, police from the mother of the 18-year-old honor student who was taken into custody.

Police, in a criminal complaint on the incident, say "closed fist strikes" were used by the undercover police officers, but only to subdue the teenager as he tried to get away.

His mother said she plans to file a civil rights claim against the officers.

Terez Miles said her son, Jordan Miles, who is black, thought his life was in jeopardy when three white men jumped out of a car on the night of January 11 as he walked not far from his home.

"My son tried to run thinking his life was in jeopardy," Terez Miles said. "He made three steps before he slipped and fell." After that, she said, the police used a stun gun and beat him, pulling out a chunk of his hair.

The case is being investigated, [the Pittsburgh mayor is] closely monitoring it. He's met with the chief.
--Joanna Doven, Pittsburgh press secretary
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The criminal complaint says the officers, considering Jordan Miles' appearance suspicious, got out of the car and identified themselves as police. He tried to flee, fell, and then struggled to escape.

The officers "delivered 2-3 closed fist strikes to Miles' head/face with still no effect," and then a "knee strike to Miles' head causing him to momentarily stop resisting," so that he could be handcuffed, the document says.

Miles' mother said the officers did not identify themselves as police to her son, a viola player and student at the city's Creative and Performing Arts High School.

The complaint says the police officers believed Miles was engaged in criminal activity and possibly armed with a "large heavy object." The object turned out to be a bottle of Mountain Dew.

Miles was charged with aggravated assault, loitering, resisting arrest and escape.

A hearing in the case was scheduled for Thursday, but it was unclear whether the officers involved showed up, said Miles' attorney, Kerry Lewis. The judge postponed the case until February 18.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is "taking this very seriously," said his press secretary, Joanna Doven. "The case is being investigated, he's closely monitoring it. He's met with the chief."

The three officers were taken off plainclothes duty and were back in uniform, she said.

Terez Miles contends the officers used too much force.

"My son is 150 pounds and 5-foot-6. There's no need for this degree of violence and brutality for someone of this stature," she said.

Lewis said Jordan Miles has no criminal record.


by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:27 AM
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FaerieMommie23
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Wow...that is fucked up. Seriously, there is no need to beat a kid with a fist or knee him in the head if hes resisting arrest. Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me.


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trz031407
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:35 AM

That is so sad. I'd hate to be that judge. It's just a bunch of he said , she said.
:( my heart goes to the mom & son. that is awful treatment for anyone :(

Heather0816
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Let them take it to court, the truth will come out then. If the police were wrong then they'll be reprimanded if not the suspect will get what he deserves.

 


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tha-hawt-mommie
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM

all i can say is 'thats pittsburgh police for ya'

and of course , im sorry this happened to him , its so sad =[


OwensMama824
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Oh I'm just so proud to live here. Isn't it such a great city? 

tha-hawt-mommie
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM

the BEST! im right outside the burgh...and it doesnt get any better here ... we have the MOST crooked cops ever!!! they're so quick to stop someone for example w/ their tags expired than someone dealin RIGHT in front of them ... why? bc most of the cops get their coke from the guys who deal here

Quoting OwensMama824:

Oh I'm just so proud to live here. Isn't it such a great city? 



retsillacam
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

I don't even know what to say.

OwensMama824
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I live just a little south of the city but we go there often. The one day I got nervous because someone was following me so I went into one of the trolly stop buildings. Turns out it was a cop, he thought I looked suspicious so he was following me.......... I had my son in a stroller and the diaper bag hanging off the back on my way to The Oyster House to meet my mom for lunch. VERY suspicious 

Quoting tha-hawt-mommie:

the BEST! im right outside the burgh...and it doesnt get any better here ... we have the MOST crooked cops ever!!! they're so quick to stop someone for example w/ their tags expired than someone dealin RIGHT in front of them ... why? bc most of the cops get their coke from the guys who deal here

Quoting OwensMama824:

Oh I'm just so proud to live here. Isn't it such a great city? 



Dzyre1115
by Desiree` on Jan. 25, 2010 at 9:59 AM

He brought it on himself.  If he was innocent, why run?

tha-hawt-mommie
by on Jan. 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM

thats why i hate pittsburgh , EVERYONE is suspicious! we go there to shop , bc our mall doesnt have stores their mall does ... and i hate it

Quoting OwensMama824:

I live just a little south of the city but we go there often. The one day I got nervous because someone was following me so I went into one of the trolly stop buildings. Turns out it was a cop, he thought I looked suspicious so he was following me.......... I had my son in a stroller and the diaper bag hanging off the back on my way to The Oyster House to meet my mom for lunch. VERY suspicious 

Quoting tha-hawt-mommie:

the BEST! im right outside the burgh...and it doesnt get any better here ... we have the MOST crooked cops ever!!! they're so quick to stop someone for example w/ their tags expired than someone dealin RIGHT in front of them ... why? bc most of the cops get their coke from the guys who deal here

Quoting OwensMama824:

Oh I'm just so proud to live here. Isn't it such a great city? 





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