PITTSBURGH (AP) â€” A jury has found three white Pittsburgh officers falsely arrested a black art student but didn’t use excessive force on him.
Jurors on Monday reached a split verdict in 22-year-old Jordan Miles’ federal civil rights lawsuit against officers David Sisak, Michael Saldutte (sal-DOO’-tee) and Richard Ewing. They awarded Miles $101,000 in compensatory damages and $6,000 from each officer for punitive damages for acting “maliciously and wantonly.”
Miles had claimed the officers confronted him in January 2010 while he was walking to his grandmother’s house to spend the night. He says they assumed he was a drug dealer because of his race and dreadlocks and beat him.
The officers say they got rough with Miles because he fought with them while they mistakenly thought he had a gun.