The Jan. 12 beating by Pittsburgh police officers of a high school student has drawn public outrage and the attention of the FBI, reports the city’s Post-Gazette. More than 50 students from the city’s Creative and Performing Arts High School marched to the City-County Building on Tuesday in support of their classmate, Jordan Miles, 18, a violist and honor student bound for Penn State University. They students demanded an investigation of the officers involved.
Miles, who is charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest, said three undercover officers beat him when they mistook the bottle of soda he was carrying for a concealed weapon. Photos show him with cuts to his forehead and a badly swollen face. Police Chief Nate Harper asked for the public’s patience as the city’s Office of Municipal Investigations investigates. Meanwhile, the city’s police union praised the officers.