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Jordan Miles gets second chance to convince jury that officers used excessive force

| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
Jordan Miles re-enters the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh Monday Aug. 6, 2012, after lunch on day three of jury deliberations in his civil lawsuit. James Knox | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A Homewood man will get a second chance to convince a federal jury that three Pittsburgh police officers falsely arrested him and used excessive force in a 2010 incident.

Jordan Miles won't get a second trial on his malicious prosecution claim, lawyers said on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster scheduled the second trial in Miles' lawsuit for July 8, said Pittsburgh solicitor Dan Regan.

Miles, 21, claims that Officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing lacked probable cause to arrest him during a confrontation Jan. 12, 2010, on Tioga Street in Homewood. Miles also claims the officers used excessive force when they subdued and handcuffed him after he ran from them.

Miles sued the city and the three officers, but the city settled his claims for $75,000. The city would pay any damages a jury awards if it rules against the officers.

Miles contends he suffered injuries from being beaten as he lay on the ground. The officers contend his injuries were the result of his violent struggle to escape. Miles injured Sisak during the arrest by kicking him in the knee, the officers say.

A federal jury in August found in favor of the officers on Miles' claim that they maliciously prosecuted him by charging him. The jury deadlocked on the other two claims.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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