U.S. Attorney won't reopen criminal probe of Jordan Miles case

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In the wake of a split verdict in the civil case filed by Jordan Miles against three police officers, Western Pennsylvania's federal prosecutor said today that he won't reopen the criminal probe of the matter closed in 2011.

“We respect the jury verdict and will not reopen the criminal investigation," U.S. Attorney David Hickton said in a statement in response to questions from the Post-Gazette.

"The case was fully and exhaustively investigated," Mr. Hickton continued. "The arrest of Jordan Miles was a troubling and divisive event for the entire community. The jury has spoken. It’s time to heal. We must continue to work towards greater trust and cooperation between community and police in the interests of safety for all.”

On Monday, a jury in U.S. District Court found that former Pittsburgh police Officer Richard Ewing, and Pittsburgh officers Michael Saldutte and David Sisak, falsely arrested Mr. Miles in 2010, but did not use excessive force.

That jury awarded Mr. Miles more than $119,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

Mr. Miles' attorney, Joel Sansone, then called on Mr. Hickton to reopen a federal investigation into the incident. That investigation was closed in 2011 and Mr. Hickton indicated then that there was insufficient information to file charges.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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