Alleged Victim Tells of Confrontation in Pittsburgh Police-Brutality Trial


Jordan Miles, 20, finally had his say Thursday in Pittsburgh’s most contentious police abuse trial since the 1990s, reports the city’s Post-Gazette. Miles testified in U.S. District Court as Pittsburgh officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak looked on. Never charged criminally, they are accused of falsely arresting, beating and maliciously prosecuting Miles in a case that has inflamed passions and could cost the city if a jury believes his claims.

In a calm monotone, his face consistently turned toward the jury, Miles described what he called the most terrifying night of his life. Miles said that on the night of Jan. 12, 2010, he left his mother’s house for his grandmother’s, where he usually slept, around 11 p.m. A car came toward him, and three men got out. “And I heard, ‘Where’s your gun, money and drugs?'” Miles said. “I immediately dropped the phone where I was standing. I turned around and tried to run home to my mother’s house.” He said he thought he was being robbed. He went on to describe being set upon by the officers.

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