2010-08-19 / Local & State

Activists Press DA In Pittsburgh Police Beating

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Activists want Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. to charge three white Pittsburgh police officers accused of wrongfully beating a black teen on Jan. 12.

DA’s spokesman Mike Manko says the prosecutor won’t investigate the case until the FBI finishes a civil rights investigation into the beating of 18-year-old Jordan Miles, a student at a performing arts high school in the city.

Miles, who is black, claims the officers assumed he was a troublemaker because of his race and beat him without cause.

A group calling itself the Alliance for Police Accountability confronted Manko at the county courthouse Thursday.

The city is also conducting an internal investigation of the officers, who remain on paid leave.

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