Officer still on stand in Pittsburgh beating case

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PITTSBURGH (AP) (AP)

ong> - One of three white Pittsburgh police officers being sued for allegedly beating and wrongfully arresting a young black man says he punched the plaintiff in the face because his only other option was to draw his gun and shoot him.

Officer David Sisak was testifying Tuesday in the trial of a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by 20-year-old Jordan Miles, who claims Sisak and two other officers accosted him only because he was a young black man in a high-crime area.

Sisak acknowledged punching Miles but says did so because Miles appeared to be reaching for what police thought was a gun at the time of his January 2010 arrest.

Police later determined Miles had only a soda bottle, although Miles claims he didn't even have that.