Police Taser Teen

Jordon Miles, diligent student of Pittsburgh’s esteemed Creative and Performing Arts High School, was shot by police with a stun gun while walking to his grandmother’s. Photo taken by his mother, Terez Miles, shows that teen was severely beaten and the bald spot where police tore out his hair.

The incident happened January 11, down the block from his home. Jordon says that three men in plain clothes approached him as he walked. He says they yelled “Where’s the drugs, where’s the gun, where’s the money?” The teen ran, thinking that he was at risk. Officers Michael Saldutte, Richard Ewing, and David Sisak said in their criminal report that was leaning against a house,  trying to avoid being seen. After seeing a large object in the teen’s coat, they identified themselves and started to question the teen, but he ran. Jordon has no prior arrests or incidents with the police. The officers claim Jordon began elbowing and kicking them when they caught up with him. Both, the officers and the teen, agree that Jordon was tasered and struck several times to the face and head.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says it is “it seems that it was a tremendous amount of force used and the question now is,  was it an appropriate use of force . . .”  Currently the officers have been reassigned. They did not show for the January 21, hearing which has been postponed to February 18. Kerry Lewis, Jordon’s attorney, says the postponement form read, “Victims aren’t here.” The victim, Jordon Miles, was present.

Photo by Terez Miles

2 Responses to “Police Taser Teen”

  1. Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

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