NAACP wants charges against cops in Pa. beating

June 22, 2011 - 7:44 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NAACP is asking local prosecutors to bring charges against three white police officers who beat a black high school arts student last year in Pittsburgh.

NAACP general counsel Kim Keenan says national and local leaders of the group met with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday.

Keenan says Zappala agreed to review evidence gathered by federal authorities who opted not to bring charges against the officers involved in the January 2010 beating of then-18-year-old Jordan Miles. A Zappala spokesman confirmed the meeting but declined further comment.

Miles says he was chased and beaten by three plainclothes police officers who never identified themselves as police.

The officers say Miles was acting suspiciously although he turned out to be unarmed.

Miles is pursuing a civil suit against the city.