Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Despite multiple attempts Tuesday, attorneys for the three officers accused of beating Jordan Miles in January 2010 failed to prove Miles lied in his testimony earlier this week.
The defense planned to call Miles' friend Ryan Allen to testify that Miles previously told him he had a Mountain Dew bottle in his pocket the night he says he was excessively assaulted and unjustly arrested by Pittsburgh Police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing (who now works as an officer in McCandless). The officers claim they mistook the Mountain Dew bottle for a weapon, and that their belief that Miles had a weapon caused their use of force against him.
However, on Monday Miles reiterated claims that he never had a Mountain Dew bottle in his pocket, even though Allen told FBI agents that Miles admitted to having the bottle. Miles said Allen lied to the FBI in an effort to get out of participating in the case.
This morning Allen — who was assigned an attorney to consult with by U.S. District Judge David Cercone — took the stand, but answered most questions by saying he couldn't remember his previous statements to the FBI.
"You don't want to be seen as a snitch," said defense attorney Robert Leight.
"I don't want to lie," Allen answered.
The defense then attempted to call FBI agent Sonia Bush to testify about her conversation with Allen. But Cercone prohibited the defense from asking Bush about the conversation saying her statement would have been hearsay.
This is the third week of the civil trial against the three officers Miles said didn't identify themselves before accosting him in January 2010 on Tioga Street in Homewood. The officers say they approached Miles because they saw him lurking on the side of a house and identified themselves before he ran from them.