- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A judge cut more than $20,000 from the $119,000 verdict a jury awarded a performing arts student who was wrongly arrested by Pittsburgh police.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1PCb52S ) reports U.S. District Judge David Cercone cut the damages awarded to Jordan Miles because the verdict was less than $180,000 the city offered him to settle the lawsuit. By law, Miles became responsible for the police’s legal costs - excluding attorney’s fees - from the time he rejected the larger settlement until the verdict was rendered.

Miles, who is black, was an 18-year-old performing arts high school student with no criminal record when he said three white officers wrongfully beat and arrested him in January 2010.

The jury rejected Miles’ excessive force claims but agreed in a March 2014 trial that police didn’t have probable cause to arrest him.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com


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