By Ralph Iannotti

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The union representing Pittsburgh police officers is angry after someone sent press releases to local media outlets, saying that the union had withdrawn its support of three officers involved in a controversial police brutality case.

“They’ve stolen our trademark. Once we find out who they are, we will prosecute to the fullest extent,” Dan O’Hara, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told KDKA-TV.

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In part, the bogus press release stated: “Miles’ injuries cannot be considered a byproduct of legitimate, professional police work, but that a crime was committed against an innocent young man.”

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O’Hara said clearly someone thinks that they can manipulate the press, but their position has never changed – the F.O.P. backs the three officers 100 percent. The three officers have been on paid administrative leave since they confronted Jordan Miles on Tioga Street in Homewood last January.

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They said they subdued Miles after he resisted arrest and they thought he had a gun. A weapon was never found. Miles said it was a clear case of police brutality.