B-PEP Demands Police Reform At City Council Meeting
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Black Political Empowerment Project and several other civil liberties groups appeared before Pittsburgh City Council to demand police reform legislation Wednesday.
The demand comes as a response to the alleged police beating of former CAPA High School student Jordan Miles.
One of the bills, called the Police Reporting and Accountability Bill, was generated in the wake of the police confrontation with Miles.
Miles was in attendance at a press conference preceding City Council’s discussion of the bill.
It would call for monitoring of police stops and pat-downs to maintain a record of police interaction in the community.
However, the decision of investigating agencies to not pursue the Miles case criminally and the reported offer to settle the case civilly was on the mind of B-PEP Project Director Tim Stevens.
“What happened to these three that beat him? Why are they not fired?” Stevens said.
Miles did not speak at the news conference, but is watching City Council debate the bill.
A vote was postponed until next week after two hours of debate and Solicitor Dan Regan telling City Council that portions of the proposed bill would contradict other laws in place.
Miles’ mother, Terez, was asked why the family rejected an offer to settle their federal lawsuit
“Because we deserve our day in court,” she said.
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