A jury of five men and three women has been sworn in to hear the civil rights lawsuit brought by a young black man who claims he was wrongly beaten by three white Pittsburgh police officers.
The lawyer for a black performing arts high school student who claims he was beaten and arrested by three white police officers is calling police accounts of the incident a "fairy tale."
J. Kerrington Lewis told jurors Tuesday that Jordan Miles was walking from his mother's house to his grandmother's house on a cold snowy January night in 2010 when three men came up on him in a car and demanded drugs and money from him.
Police said Miles, who was an 18-year-old student at the city's performing arts high school, looked like a prowler and appeared to have a gun in his coat pocket. The officers contend that turned out to be a soda bottle -- but Miles said he didn't even have the bottle, and police have been unable to produce it, saying it was thrown away.
The officers claim they identified themselves as officers, and Miles ran.