Thursday, January 28, 2010

18 yo violist beaten and locks torn out by Pittsb...


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via by Black Girl With Long Hair on 1/27/10

BGLHer Tiffany alerted me to this story. The pictures are too graphic to post on this blog, but if you click the link to the original story you will see them. It has been discovered that the young man, Jordan Miles, was totally innocent and wasn't carrying any weapons or guns. Unfortunately he's had to shave his head because officers tore a handful of locks out.

Jordan Miles before the attack

Excerpt of article by Pittsburgh Tribune Review…

"The mother of a high school senior who performed for first lady Michelle Obama while she was in Pittsburgh in September says her son did not deserve to be "brutally attacked" by police officers outside his home earlier this month.

"Jordan is an excellent kid. He's very quiet and takes school seriously," said his mother, Terez Miles, 38. "He knows nothing about drugs, drug dealing or anything like that. He didn't deserve this."

Jordan Miles, 18, a senior at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School, Downtown, alleges that three Pittsburgh police officers beat him during an arrest outside his house on Tioga Street in Homewood about 11 p.m. on Jan. 12. …

Miles suffered a swollen face, hair ripped from his scalp and a twig jabbed through his gum during the incident, his mother said. Miles has not returned to CAPA, where he is an honors student and plays the viola, his mother said.

Miles played his instrument for the first lady and the spouses of the delegates of the Group of 20 economic summit when they visited CAPA."

Click HERE for the full story.

So do you think the locks contributed to the racial profiling?

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