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Pittsburgh council passes police reform bill



Published: Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 11:15 a.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh City Council has passed a police reform bill after its sponsor agreed the legislation would no longer be named for an alleged victim of police brutality.

Eighteen-year-old Jordan Miles, a student at a performing arts high school in the city, has accused three white Pittsburgh police officers of beating him without reason Jan. 12. Miles, who is black, claims the officers assumed he was a troublemaker because of his race.

Councilman Ricky Burgess proposed his “Jordan Miles Public Safety Reform Agenda” to require video recorders in police cars and clarify when police must refer police misconduct allegations to an independent agency.

Burgess agreed to drop Miles’ name from the ordinance to get it passed Tuesday.

City and federal investigations of the incident are ongoing.


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