Jury to deliberate in Pittsburgh civil rights case



PITTSBURGH -  A federal court jury was set to deliberate the claims of a young black man who says three white Pittsburgh police officers violated his rights when they allegedly wrongfully arrested and beat him on a frigid night more than four years ago.   

The eight-member panel spent Thursday listening to closing arguments by attorneys for Jordan Miles and officers David Sisak, Michael Saldutte, and Richard Ewing -- who has since left the city police to work in the suburbs.   

Miles contends he was set upon because he was black, had dreadlocks and, apparently, was assumed to be a drug dealer while walking to his grandmother's to spend the night.   

The officers claim they arrested and beat Miles, then an 18-year-old performing arts high school senior, because he resisted when they mistakenly thought he was an armed prowler.


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