Cops had no reason to stop Jordan Miles, legal filing contends
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An expert hired by Jordan Miles' legal team in his federal civil rights suit against the city of Pittsburgh says three plainclothes police officers had no reason to stop him on a Homewood street last year and used excessive force in subduing him during an arrest near his house.
In a report filed today as part of the case, R. Paul McCauley, a retired professor of criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, also said that one officer, Richard Ewing, fabricated statements from a witness in an affidavit.
Mr. McCauley said his report is "indicative of how police/law enforcement misconduct can develop and how it can continue undetected."
In a report filed last week , an expert for the city concluded that the police acted properly and that Mr. Miles had to have known they were officers during the Jan. 12, 2010 encounter.
Mr. Miles's lawyers say he struggled with the officers because they didn't identify themselves as police.
Mr. McCauley agreed, saying the officers violated various police procedures in making the arrest.
First Published December 29, 2011 12:00 am