Officer in Miles case resigns to take McCandless job

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One of three Pittsburgh police officers who was sued in connection with the beating of Jordan Miles in 2010 resigned Monday to take a job with the McCandless police.

An attorney for Officer Richard Ewing, who most recently worked in Zone 3, said the move to the smaller suburban department was based on "a lifestyle decision" and called it a lateral move.

"It is in no way related to the Jordan Miles case," said Robert Leight, who defended the officer in a civil suit that stemmed from the beating.

Officers Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak were sued in federal court by Mr. Miles, who was 18 when he claimed the three stopped him at night on a Homewood street as he walked from his mother's house to his grandmother's house. Without identifying themselves, they beat and arrested him, Mr. Miles said. The officers countered that they believed he had a weapon and resisted arrest.

Jurors agreed that officers did not "maliciously prosecute" him, but split on whether they used excessive force and falsely arrested him, resulting in a mistrial in August.

Mr. Miles asked for a new trial, which is slated to begin in January, Mr. Leight said.

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