Jordan Miles civil case to get second trial in July

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Jordan Miles, the Homewood man who accused three Pittsburgh police officers of beating and falsely arresting him in 2010 on Tioga Street, will get another chance to present his case before a jury starting July 8.

Last year, a civil trial resulted in a hung jury on the accusations that the police falsely arrested and beat Mr. Miles and exoneration for the officers on a malicious prosecution claim. The new trial will focus only on Mr. Miles' claims of false arrest and excessive force.

"We intend to call different witnesses from the police department," said Mr. Miles' attorney, J. Kerrington Lewis. "I'm just grateful that we have another chance to present the case."

On Thursday, attorneys for Mr. Miles, the officers and the city met with U.S. District Chief Judge Gary L. Lancaster and agreed on the new trial date. The city has settled with Mr. Miles and no longer is a defendant but would have to pay any verdict against the officers and has helped fund their defense.

Mr. Miles said officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak stopped him as he walked from his mother's house to his grandmother's house and beat him for no reason. The officers said they saw Mr. Miles acting suspiciously between two houses, identified themselves, thought he had a gun, chased him when he ran and used necessary force.

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