040114 Jordan Miles (1)A Federal jury decided that three white Pittsburgh officers wrongfully arrested Jordan Miles in January 2010 but didn’t use excessive force. It awarded Miles a little over $119K – $101,016.75 in compensatory damages plus $6,000 in punitive damages against each officer – of the $2M he was seeking.

Miles, 22, testified that he was talking on his cellphone while walking down the street from his mother’s house to his grandmother’s house when a car swerved towards him, and three men jumped out demanding money, drugs, and a gun. Miles believed he was about to be robbed, so he turned, ran, and slipped. Miles’ attorney, Joel Sansone, argued the “jump out” is designed to catch suspected drug dealers off-guard.

The three police officers – Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte, and David Sisak – denied using this tactic.

The officers contended they were driving down the street when they spotted Miles lurking around a house. They testified they identified themselves as officers, and Miles took off when officers asked him why he was sneaking around that house.

Ewing and Saldutte admitted to punching and kneeing Miles to subdue him, claiming the force was justified because Saldutte felt a hard object, which he believed to be a gun, near Miles’ waist during the struggle.

During a search of Miles after his arrest, Saldutte testified he found a Mountain Dew Bottle in Miles’ pocket. But the officers claimed they discarded the bottle because it wasn’t evidence of the prowling, assault, and resisting arrest charges they filed against Miles.

Miles stated he didn’t have a bottle, and he doesn’t drink Mountain Dew. A city magistrate later dismissed those charges because he didn’t find the police version credible.

Sansone says he doesn’t understand how the jurors decided the damages or concluded the police were wrong to arrest Miles but right to beat him. Sansone wants the FBI and Justice Department to reconsider a decision not to criminally prosecute the officers.

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  • 1Love

    White juries have a problem ruling in favor of black victims. Remember this fact when black prosecutors try to justify selling out and doing the white man’s work.

  • Anthony

    When I was seventeen, an officer pulled that jump out crap on me. I was spending the summer in Cleveland, Ohio, and I guess as a new guy walking up and down Kinsman Avenue, I drew the wrong kind of attention. A black Charger came flying down the street and stopped in front if me, a black cop came out asking for “the stuff.” Being a teacher’s kid raised outside of a military base, I looked at the cop like he was crazy and said “what stuff.” In a second I figured out he was a cop, and after the cop finally came out and asked for cocaine, I told him I did not have any, and he left. Thank God I did not run or some jury would have sworn I deserved my beating too.

    • Me

      so what i can’t figure out is is it illegal to leave or something? i would think lots of people would either run or try to get away from people jumping out cars asking for drugs. do they really expect people to stand there and have conversations w/people who might be druggies like that’s normal? i don’t get it. it sound like a setup all around.

    • Anthony

      It is pretty common. Towards the end of Guiliani’s second term in New York, a Latino cop killed a Haitian Ametican man who, not realizing the undercover cop was a LEO, fought him when he asked for drugs. A-hole Guiliani responded to an innocent man’s killing by illegally releasing his juvenile record to justify his murder.

    • Anthony

      I am really curious why someone gave me thumbs down for telling the story of how the same thing nearly happened to me? Looking back, I did not know how much potential danger I was in. I suspect the fact the cop was black probably helped me out. I think he realized a I was a nerd, not a drug dealer. White cops likely would have just looked at the fact I was 6′ and 200 lbs.

      I am sure the fact I did not run helped too, but if I had been born and raised on the Eastside of Cleveland, running may well have made sense.

  • Anthony

    The jury verdict a classic case of splitting the difference. They knew that Jordan Miles was wrongfully arrested, but they also knew a finding of brutality was have left those cops open to prosecution and a loss of employment. That was when whiteness kicked in and they rationalized that the officers used reasonable force against an “obviously” dangerous looking black man.

  • African Woman

    Ahhh, Whitey does it again. Sickening to say the least. And besides, he should have received a whole lot more. The nasty coppers should be held responsible for that poor mans assault. Damn, to this day I can’t stand saltine CRACKERS!!!

  • Dirty chai

    If there’s one thing White people are good at, it’s protecting their skinfolk no matter who they have to tread on.