PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Jurors have ended their fourth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.
Earlier, jurors received more instructions from a judge in the civil trial for three Pittsburgh Police officers accused of beating a former CAPA student.
Around 2 p.m., the jury told the judge they were having trouble reaching a unanimous verdict. However, the judge told them to go back and deliberate some more.
There was speculation the jury may have reached agreement on some of the elements – either false arrest, malicious prosecution or excessive force on the part of the officers involved, but no one will say for sure.
If it is determined the jury is hopelessly deadlocked, the judge would have to declare a mistrial and start the trial all over again.
Miles had no comment on the deliberations that started at 3 p.m. Thursday. On Monday, there was a question from jurors which the judge decided to handle with a phone conference with attorneys without reconvening a court session.
No one connected with the case would comment on what the jurors asked.
At issue, in terms of the law, is whether Jordan Miles is the victim of a false arrest, whether he was the victim of a malicious prosecution and or the victim of unnecessary force.
If the jury finds any or all of the officers liable, they will determine damages which the city of Pittsburgh will pay.
However, the real issue is credibility. For all of Miles’ claims that the officers did not identify themselves, the officers testified they did.
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