Pittsburgh wants to pay $75K in teen beating claim

February 7, 2012 - 4:25 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh City Council is considering a bill that would pay $75,000 to a former performing arts student who says in a civil rights lawsuit against the city that he was wrongly beaten by three undercover officers.

An attorney for Jordan Miles didn't immediately return a call on the bill, which was reported Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/yDQvj8 ).

The then-18-year-old violist was arrested and beaten on Jan. 12, 2010. A judge threw out resisting arrest charges against Miles, who says he believed the plainclothes officers didn't identify themselves and meant him harm.

The officers have said they thought Miles was trespassing and mistook his soda bottle for a gun. Miles says he didn't even have a bottle and was accosted for being young and black in a high-crime area.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com