PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A coalition of groups came together in support of Jordan Miles.
He is the Homewood teenager and former CAPA student who said he was beaten up by three plainclothes Pittsburgh police officers two years ago.
Miles filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and it’s expected to go to trial sometime this summer.
On Martin Luther King Day, marchers said they do not want the nightmare 18-year-old Miles walked into on Jan. 21, 2010 to be forgotten.
“We want change,” Candy Bradbury said. “I want a different life for my children. I want them to know that, you know what, justice will be served.”
Miles, an honor student, was confronted on Tioga Street by the officers and was badly beaten. The crowd believes the officers had not reason to stop Miles and used excessive force when they did.
“Jordan Miles is an example of what’s wrong – not just with a couple of officers within the system, but what’s wrong with the system itself,” Antonio Lodico said.
The city reinstated officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak after an investigation decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
About 150 people from activist organizations came together for the rally and march.
“Right now we need justice and more importantly healing in this community,” Pittsburgh Democratic Chair Ed Gainey said.
Miles did not attend the rally or march, but the march ended at his mother’s home on Tioga Street.