PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Three Pittsburgh police officers who were accused of beating up a CAPA High School senior in Homewood last year will return to work.
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says the officers, Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak will be reinstated, but they will not return to Zone 5.
“I don’t believe there is anybody in Pittsburgh, especially myself as the leader of this great city, who doesn’t wish that the events of Jan. 12, 2010, did not occur,” Ravenstahl said. “However, they did and they were thoroughly investigated by the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department said it would not pursue charges against the officers because they did not have sufficient evidence the officers violated Miles’ civil rights.
“Emotionally, it’s really, really hard to understand everything that went on, to try to make sense of everything that’s going on,” Miles told KDKA-TV.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper says the incident was a teachable moment for the community.
“From this, we would hope that the young people realize that when a police officer approaches them, they’ve done nothing wrong, to see what the police officer wants instead of running away from the police officer,” Harper said. “We aren’t the enemy out there.”