Jordan Miles' Journey for Justice Continues

Jordan Miles' Journey for Justice Continues

The NAACP has asked the Pittsburgh district attorney to bring charges against the three white officers who beat Jordan Miles.

Published June 22, 2011

The Justice Department should have known that the fight was not over with Jordan Miles.

After a request by national and local chapters of the NAACP, the Pittsburgh district attorney said he will review the entire investigation file in the Miles case. The NAACP wants prosecutors to bring civil charges against the three white police officers who stomped the teen on the street and severely beat him for what they thought was a soda bottle in his pocket.

In May, the Department of Justice decided that there was “insufficient evidence” to prove that the officers violated Miles' civil rights.

At this week’s meeting, Zappala reviewed evidence gathered from authorities. His spokesperson declined to comment, reports the Associated Press.

It was back in Jan. 12, 2010, when three plainclothes officers stopped Miles on the street, that his nightmare began. Miles said he thought he was being robbed or kidnapped because the police shouted "Where's the money?" "Where's the gun?” “Where's the drugs?" He said he started running back to his mother’s house and slipped on the icy sidewalk and before he could get up, he said the men beat him and used a stun gun on him.

Following the Justice Department’s decision to not charge the officers, 100 protesters gathered outside of a Pittsburgh City-Council building. Though Miles did not attend, he was present at the May 14 protest on his behalf outside of Pittsburgh police headquarters.

Written by Danielle Wright


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