Jordan Miles' mother this afternoon said her family is "shocked and disappointed" that an eight-member jury on Wednesday decided in favor of three Pittsburgh police officers on her son's accusation of malicious prosecution and could not decide whether they used excessive force or falsely arrested him in 2010.
"While we were initially shocked and disappointed by the way the trial turned out, we are not discouraged in the least, and we will not give up our pursuit of justice," Terez Miles wrote in a statement released today on behalf of her family.
The outcome of the trial sets the stage for a retrial on Mr. Miles' accusations of beating and falsely arresting him. His attorneys have said they hope to call more witnesses who can shed doubt on the credibility of officers David Sisak, Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing.
The statement from Ms. Miles was the family's first public comment about the verdict. The statement in full:
Jordan Miles was a victim of racial profiling and was badly injured in a vicious, unprovoked attack. His attackers then spun a web of lies in order to protect themselves. Everything that they did was with callous disregard for Jordan's life, health and future. The fact that his attackers happened to be three white police officers does not absolve them of guilt. In fact, we believe that they are even guiltier, because police should be out to protect and serve, not to act as a gang of self-aggrandizing thugs, drunk on their own sense of power and impunity.
Several people have asked members of our family how we stay so calm given all that we're going through. It's no secret that we're Christians and much prayer and Bible reading has kept us comforted, assured and peaceful. Although the first trial ended in a mistrial, Psalm 37:1-2 says, "Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb." And while they are too long to include in their entirety, Proverbs 6:12-19 brings to mind the defendants in this case and Proverbs 26:24-26 seems to speak directly of racists.
We do not consider the mistrial a setback but rather a bump on the road to justice. We will continue to trust in the Lord, and will gladly proceed to the next step. We continue to covet the prayers and support of the many people who have been with us from the beginning. Please be encouraged and don't give up because we never will.
Sadie Gurman: email@example.com or 412-263-1878. First Published August 9, 2012 7:00 PM