Trial delayed in alleged Pittsburgh police beating

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A young black man who claims he was wrongly beaten by three Pittsburgh police officers in January 2010 will have a new trial on two of his three civil rights claims starting Nov. 4.

The retrial was to have begun July 8, but it was delayed Thursday by a new judge assigned after the recent death of the judge who handled the first trial died.

Jordan Miles was an 18-year-old performing arts student when arrested by officers who claimed they thought he was prowling with a gun bulging in his coat pocket. The police say the gun turned out to be a soda bottle — though Miles denies having even that.

An eight-member federal jury in August found the officers didn’t maliciously prosecute Miles, but couldn’t decide whether Miles was wrongly arrested or subjected to excessive force.

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