Monday, August 30, 2010

Justice For Jordan Miles Starts Today, And Those Three Police Officers Should Stick To Desk Duty

The conflict between Jordan Miles and the City of Pittsburgh has for eight months been as lopsided as Jordan Miles' face appeared after the severe beating inflicted on him by police officers. Until today.

The officers were apparently ready for trouble when they approached Jordan Miles. Jordan Miles, an innocent boy standing in his neighborhood, likely was unprepared for what occurred. The fight was three-on-one. The officers were armed; Jordan Miles was not. The officers were trained in violence; Jordan Miles, not.

Even after the beating, even after the photographs depicted what occurred, the officers still held every advantage. Inexplicably, Jordan Miles was charged with criminal conduct; equally inexplicably (unless one considers the history of prosecutors' treatment of police brutality in Pittsburgh), the officers have not been charged. While Jordan Miles recuperated from horrific injuries, the officers skated on off-the-street duty, even scoring overtime pay. The men who beat Jordan Miles have had benefit of doubt most citizens give to police officers (as citizens should). The lawyers making decisions about the case so far -- prosecutors deciding whether criminal charges should be filed (and against whom), city solicitors deciding whether to disclose information -- have all worked for the government. Some of them were the officers' pals. Most seemed far more interested in protecting the city and the officers than in arranging justice.

That balance of power changed today, however, when Jordan Miles filed a complaint against the officers and their employer in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

In this venue, Jordan Miles will have lawyers. Not hacks from the city law department, nor politically corroded prosecutors, but lawyers of his choosing, likely aided by others with relevant experience and skills (such as those affiliated with the American Civil Liberties Union). The magistrate judge and Article III judge handling the case will be part of a federal bench that knows -- and therefore disrespects -- the city as a litigant. Rules of evidence and federal judges -- instead of the city law department -- will decide which evidence is to be made available, and when. A jury will issue a judgment (unless InsolvenCity settles). The Police Bureau's obnoxious record -- admitted, longstanding and widespread abuse of citizens, culminating in a consent decree involving the United States Department of Justice, overseen by the ACLU -- has apparently been forgotten by city officials, but that record of established brutality will bolster Jordan Miles' case in court.

January 12 of this year was a bad day for Jordan Miles. Today is the first of a number of bad days for the officers who picked the wrong poor black kid unarmed, innocent honor student to beat savagely, and for the city that trained and armed them.

(If it genuinely required three officers to subdue a single unarmed, innocent honor student -- and the fight was fierce enough to justify the beating those officers inflicted -- it would probably be best for everyone were those officers to remain on off-the-street duty for the rest of their careers. Because if any one of those lightweights officers were unlucky enough to be caught in a physical confrontation with a tough man (rather than an underage honor student), and if it were an even fight (rather than three-to-one), the other guy would probably leave the uniformed pansy officer dead or maimed by the side of the road. Pittsburgh has had enough police funerals for a while, so those three officers should probably stick to desk duty. Plus, no other city officer should be required to rely on someone like one of Jordan Miles' arresting officers for backup. It also might save InsolvenCity's beleaguered taxpayers millions of dollars in excessive-force payouts.)


Anonymous said...

Pretty hard hitting stuff, Infy, calling cops lightweights and pansies. On the other hand you're probably right, what they did to that kid was a crime and so far they get away with it scott free. If its true they won't be prosecuted, it sure seems like a cover up.

Never heard of Miles's lawyer. What do you think of him?

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing that anarchists are nothing more than a bunch of sniveling posers who do everything they do for the thrill of inviting violence and mayhem upon innocent bystanders, and then run off to the next media circus / networking opportunity halfway across the globe. Because in the year since they came to our town to bitch about "the police state", not only has Pittsburgh had an innocent teen maliciously brutalized by a pack of undercover cops, but the city itself is shamelessly protecting the thugs ... AND is stonewalling investigations into police harassment of far more legitimate G20 protests ... AND is stiffing the Citizen's Police Review Board which is trying to review how the police were trained and how the they responded (like SUCKERS) to that evil little tempest the anarchists started in Schenley Plaza. If anarchists were really serious about the police state or revolution like they claim, it would be worth inviting them back to town now, a year later, to follow through and branch outward. I'm sure Pittsburgh would be more receptive to their message. But fortunately for the chief and for the mayor, the kids are a bunch of dangerous wankers who make police oppression seem almost justifiable by comparison. I guess that's ironic. But for all that now you've got to wonder about "The Police State" in action.

Jordan, if you're out there, take 'em to the cleaners!! The people are with you!!

Anonymous said...

Infy, I love your optimism...I'll remember it in 15 years when these guys get promoted to Commander like the officer who was videotaped punching the deadhead....

Infinonymous said...

After InsolvenCity city pays the amoutn of judgment, it will be entitled to promote at will. Courts can't force numbskulls to be smart or moral; they can force knuckleheads to pay for failures, and provide some measure of justice to knuckleheads' victims.