Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PA: Police beat 18-year-old violinist over Mountain Dew bottle

Pittsburgh police have reassigned three plainclothes officers to uniformed duty pending an investigation into the beating of an 18-year-old student.

A police report indicates that officers became interested in Jordan Miles when they suspected he had a gun in his coat. After beating Miles in the head with a closed fist, the officers discovered the object was a Mountain Dew bottle.

Miles, a violinist and honor student who attends the prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School, says he resisted arrest because he thought the men were trying to abduct him and didn't identify themselves as police.

The student is black, and the three officers are white. Police and the family's attorney aren't commenting on whether race was a factor, according to the Associated Press.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, "Miles suffered a swollen face, hair ripped from his scalp and a twig jabbed through his gum during the incident."

Original report here

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