Monday, January 03, 2011

Pittsburgh: Police Brutality Alleged in Honor Student Arrest

Pittsburgh PA: On a cold Pittsburgh evening around 11:00 pm January 11, 2010, Miles Jordon, who had just turned 18 the day before, began his usual ritual of walking from his mother’s home to his grandmother’s home 5 blocks away in the Homewood neighborhood, where he spent most nights. The classical musician and Honor Student at Pittsburgh’s prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School never made it. The 5’6” 150 pound teenager who had been sheltered from street life by his family never had a chance. About a block or so into Miles’ 5 block trek, Miles spots a white car parked with 3 white adult males in it. Suddenly, the car moves directly at him, stops just short, and the men jump out. One shouts “Where’s the money?” The other two shout “Where’s the gun? Where’s the drugs?” Miles, believing he is about to be robbed and harmed, turns to flee from his attackers. He gets a few steps, but slips on a patch of ice on the sidewalk and falls. The three men jump him, stun him with a taser, and then proceed to punch and kick him, rip out his hair from his scalp, choked him, and at some point impaled his gums with a tree branch. The men then put handcuffs on Miles, and he becomes frightened he is being kidnapped for further abuse. It isn’t until sometime later, when a marked police van arrives and he spots a uniformed officer, that Miles realizes he is being arrested, and that his attackers where undercover detectives. The detectives, not surprisingly, tell a very different version of events. Detectives Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte, and David Sisak, all claim they noticed Miles behaving in a suspicious manner, trying to evade their notice by leaning against a building, and appearing to have something large and heavy in his pocket. They each claim they had identified themselves to Miles as police officers as they approached Miles, and that Miles then attempted to flee. All three claim they only used that force which was necessary to subdue Miles. The large and heavy item Miles allegedly was carrying would later be identified as a bottle of Mountain Dew. - Posted by Deborah January 26, 2010 - Standing Watch

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