Atty: Pa. beating case no race-bias bellwether

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The attorney for a young black man who filed a police brutality lawsuit against three white Pittsburgh officers says the Pennsylvania case is more about rogue cops than past civil rights problems on the city force.

Jury selection in the federal lawsuit is scheduled to begin Monday.

Jordan Miles was an 18-year-old performing arts student when he says three plainclothes officers stopped and beat him for no reason while he was on his way to his grandmother's house in January 2010.

The officers argue their actions were reasonable because Miles ran and fought with police on duty in a crime-ridden neighborhood. A judge later determined Miles wasn't prowling or armed as police suspected.

Miles, now 20, says his promising future was derailed by injuries that affected his learning ability.

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