Report: City Makes Settlement Offer In Jordan Miles Lawsuit

PITSBURGH (KDKA) – The city of Pittsburgh has reportedly offered to settle the civil lawsuit filed by Jordan Miles for an alleged police beating incident.

The teenager is a former CAPA High School student who said he was assaulted by three police officers in Homewood last year.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the city is offering the family a settlement of $180,000.

The family’s attorney believes the offer could be hush money.

Miles claimed that three plainclothes Pittsburgh Police officers kicked, choked and punched him for no reason while he was walking to his grandmother’s house in Homewood.

Officers David Sisak, Michael Saldutte and Richard Ewing were recently reinstated after a lengthy investigation.

The family’s attorney said they probably will not accept the offer because they are not interested in money. They want to make people aware and have some reform take place.

The family has until June 28 to accept or decline the offer.


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  • JeJo

    $180,000 he should take it, he will blow it in less than 6 months!!!

    • Legal Begal

      I hope he doesn’t take it, then when he loses in court he will have to pay the city for the legal bill….The FBI, Dept of justice and a million other agencies investigated this and said it was BS, and couldn’t even charge these guys! Did you know over 90% of cases that go in front of a grand jury are indicted? Wonder why this wasnt? lies lies lies

      • lawman

        Being a law student I dont think he understands that he possibly could have to pay the cities legal bills, and the jury for this case would be made up of the same people that said there isnt enough to charge these officers in 2 grand juries. We went through this case inside out this year in school


    he ought to pay 180 000 now he can get a new diamond erring after that set up

  • Daniel

    So you are offered $180,000 because you did not obay a lawful police command to stop. Then you fight with the police and injure two of the officers. You get a District Justice to dismiss your charges. The officers in question are cleared by the Feds. No charges are brought against them. Do not make any settlement offer to this individual. Our tax dollars should not go to him at all. I know it is expensive to defend a case like this but our Mayor should stand up for these officers today.

    • Dan

      But ths sticking point is that they were plainclothsed, not dressed like cops. Not saying that they didn’t identify themselves but that’s where the “he said/she said” comes in. And as much as I realize that their is a lot of black crime, I also no there are corrupt cops. So it’s tough to know who’s right in this case.

      • Dan

        “know”, not “no”

    • mike

      No settlement

  • Daniel

    I meant obey not obay.

    • kristy

      did you mean “there” instead of “their?” :)

      • cheeks

        did you mean any of that at all???

    • Annie

      Did you also mean plainclothes ;)

  • Kitty Cat

    Great, The city, county and state are pretty much bankrupt and they want to give out $180,000 to criminals. Hey, I broke the law! Where is my $180,000? Did I have to get beat up to get it? What’s the deal?

  • Dave

    In looking at the facts, this kid has never been in trouble, is an art student, which people in the arts usually are very docile people, was walking to his grandma’s house, was asked to stop by 3 men, in a very high-crime ridden area, who allegedly did not identify themselves. What would any one of you have done? This isn’t the suburbs we’re talking about, but Homewood, where crime is a daily occurrence.

    • mary

      Does not matter where the crime is these 3 officers beat the hell out of him, I repeat THREE GROWN MEN on this one individual. Read the news crime is everywhere?

    • Hit Boy

      Homewood is NOT the suburbs that is true…but it is crimeridden because of the people that live there… and talk about stereotyping.. “people in the arts” are docile people??? How about every rapper on earth??

      • Dave

        Whoever said rappers were artists? They may be performers, but I wouldn’t consider them to be in the arts. CAPA specializes in visual arts, literary art, theater, instrumental, dance, etc. That is what I was referring to when I said ‘people in the arts,’ not rappers.

      • BeckyBoo

        I am sure every person that lives there isn’t a criminal. If Miles was, they wouldn’t have offered him a settlement.

  • Food 4 Thought

    Glad to see they didn’t accept the hush money! Maybe the city should use that money to train their cops a little better. Despite what a lot of white people think- not ALL black people in Homewood, or any other hood are criminals! Just like there’s good cops and bad cops… Food for thought, although it may be hard for some people to digest…

  • Luke R

    Just hit the lottery

  • pook

    money not an issue are you freaking kidding me thats all they want now they can go by that new bmw and stiil collect food stamps

  • Ron Szcewiski

    They should be paying more than that. The majority of cops are punks themselves. Ego’s, and think they are invincible. Some of you people need your ass kicked. Maybe it will be by a cop and then we’ll see how right you think it is.

    • Hit Boy

      Ron: Next time you get in a jam or need some help call Homewood you MORON!

  • T.J.

    I know this kids uncle, great people and this kid is raised better than most of your kids. . Too bad many of you are just plain color blind. Sad.

    • Rosedale&tioga crip

      What about his brother who is in FEDERAL prison?????? I know him too, he is a sly dog. Not the great kid they are making him out to be!

  • Kitty Cat

    Okay. Some police officers are bad. Pay his medical bills and be done with it, nothing more, nothing less. It looks like he’ll pull through this and survive. Good luck to him.

    • kristy

      i agree with you. paying the medical bills should suffice in this matter.

    • BeckyBoo

      So it’s ok for a cop to beat someone without just cause as long as they pay the medical bills? Wow!

      • kristy

        you weren’t there, i wasn’t there. the truth will never be known. it’s always gonna be a “he said/she said” deal. paying the medical bills is sufficient.

      • Police Supporter

        No! But when someone tells you to stop (and they did identify themselves as poilice officers) STOP! If you have nothing to hide, then you will be ok. Even bad cops won’t beat up someone for no reason! I hate the way people group all police officers as the same. But as soon as you need their assistance they are the first people called. You can’t have it both ways. Not all police are good – I’ll agree but MOST are. Why else would they pick a profession that doesn’t appreciate them unless they wanted to do good?

      • badcops

        @police supporter, It’s called a power trip and 90% of the police force suffers from it in one way or another.

  • Betty Matlack

    I think the three cops should pay for what they did…..NO EXCUSE for what they did three on one……Our laws suck…..

  • Plumbob

    How dare a black boy walk in the city!

  • Poo-Bear

    Sure. They beat him “for no reason”. I’m not buying it.

    • BeckyBoo

      If they are willing to pay this young man, then they were in the wrong. No other way to look at it. In this economy, what city would be willing to pay a man $180,000 if they didn’t have to? They are only doing this to try and avoid a bigger pay out in the future. If this young man was wrong in any way, shape or form he would not have been offered money. Yeah they beat him for a reason, being in the wrong place at the right time. It’s sad but you know if they actually had something on him, even from his past they would have used it somehow to justify what was done.

  • Jamie

    This offer is slap in the face. I personaly had a run in with officer Michael Saldutte and just based on that fact alone I totaly believe Jordan Miles. Jordan Miles’ lawyer is correct that reform is needed. The truth is that racists cops continues to target blacks and sometimes make bogus arrest and press bogus charges.

    • Hit Boy

      “target blacks”?? If it walks like a duck……………………………..

  • Dominique

    what is this, the 1950s????? Arrest the officers!!!!!!!!!

  • badcops

    I have a hard time believing that there are this many people in Pittsburgh that think what these officers did is ok. I think that most of these posts are coming from just a few ip addresses or most of them are cops. First off I never saw what their RAS was for stopping him in the first place, carrying a bottle of pop, which he claims he didn’t even have, is not a crime. Second, if I was a young black kid in Homewood and 3 big white guys jumped out of a car yelling I’d run too! I would really like to see some of the commenters here get their a$$ kicked by the police for no reason and see their tunes change. The police are out of control all over the country and literally get away with murder with impunity. Something needs to change.

  • Lynyrd

    KD just love’s that picture. So biased, I hate KD.

  • embarrassed for Pgh

    Stay Classy, KDKA. You might want to think about how allowing this kind of commenting on your site reflects on our city globally.

  • Jamie

    I’m just reading different comments made on this article and it’s so transparent that many bias, racists and tasteless remarks are being made. This shows you that Pittsburgh continues to have a large challenge with racism.

    • Stop kidding me

      Damn right Pittsburgh is racist, ass backward and countrytown, a black boy called me a stuck-up redbone because I told him there is more to life than having a black baby that I’m going to have to raise by myself.
      It’s ok for a black man to murder a whole block of his own kind but if a white Pittsburgh police officer tells a mentally challenged black boy (who should not be out alone) to halt and put his hands up Tim Stevens from B-PEP comes out of the wood work to shout racism.
      Rick Boyd has been locked up for years, Reverened Darkins drug empire defaulted when he died and the racist savage murders still go on through tradition.

  • justice for all

    The family’s attorney said they probably will not accept the offer because they are not interested in money

    Thats because the attorney will not get enough money for their representation. So, say you will not take the money and hold out for more. 99% of attorneys give the rest a bad name.

  • Baker6

    Racists? Do the letters WAMO mean anything to you?

  • Darby

    While I can understand to a degree why Mr. Miles attorney has branded the City’s settlement offer “hush money,” I would take it. It is very difficult for a plaintiff to make out an excessive use of force claim against the police, and many such cases are dismissed on summary judgement, before they would go to trial and any award of damages would be granted.

  • 1-2-3

    I thought the City of Pgh’s liability in any of these cases is limited by law.

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