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Jury Selection Set To Begin In Federal Lawsuit Against Police Officers

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jury selection begins Monday in the federal lawsuit filed by Jordan Miles against three Pittsburgh police officers.

Miles says he was stopped by police and beaten for no reason in January of 2010.

The final pre-trial hearing was held early last week. During the proceeding, the judge issued some key rulings.

Those include, allowing the defense to use Miles’ Facebook postings to challenge his claims of mental and emotional distress.

Also, the defense will be permitted to introduce evidence of past accusations against the officers.

“That’s very important to our case as to what went on before these men engaged Jordan, and we have a very important motion still pending,” said Kerrington Lewis, Miles’ attorney. “The judge is going to decide that. That’s on the spoliation of the evidence, which we hope the judge rules on very soon.”

The evidence the attorney is referring to is testimony by a friend of Miles who told the FBI that Miles acknowledged having a Mountain Dew bottle, which police say they mistook for a weapon.

Miles denies having the bottle, and his friend later recanted his testimony.

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