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Pittsburgh Police Chief Testifies In Jordan Miles Civil Trial

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper testified in the civil trial of three officers accused of beating up a CAPA High School student two years ago.

Attorneys for Jordan Miles continue to make the case that their client was brutally beaten by officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak and is suffering long-term effects from the incident.

Monday morning, Miles’ attorneys used a doctor’s testimony to try and argue that he is suffering long-term effects from the injuries sustained when he was arrested by the three Pittsburgh officers.

“I think that’s evident particularly when you see that he tried to attend college and had difficulty with it,” UPMC Dr. Maria Twichell said. “Certainly, things may improve slightly, but I do anticipate that he’ll have long-term sequela from this type of injury.”

Attorneys for Miles used Chief Harper’s testimony to make a case that the officers used deadly force, but then did not include it in their official report.

“They’re trying to make it look like it’s a cover-up,” Brian Campbell, an attorney for the police, said. “It’s not a cover-up. What they’re not telling you is that – and we’ll have the sergeants on the stand that reviewed them – they have the police reports, so they knew what force was used and they don’t consider it deadly force.”

Chief Nate Harper is expected to continue his testimony on Tuesday. Miles’ side of the case is expected to wrap up by Wednesday.

The three officers are expected to testify during the trial.

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