Feds close investigation in Pa. student's beating

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Posted: May 04, 2011 4:42 PM
Feds close investigation in Pa. student's beating

The U.S. Department of Justice says it won't pursue criminal charges against three white Pittsburgh police officers in connection with the beating of a black teenage arts student.

The department announced Wednesday it was closing an investigation into the Jan. 12, 2010, beating of 18-year-old Jordan Miles, a violist who attended the city's prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School.

The department investigated Miles' claims the officers targeted him simply because he was a young black man walking in a high-crime area. But it said after a careful review it found there was insufficient evidence to prove there was a violation of civil rights statutes.

Miles' attorney, J. Kerrington Lewis, says he's disappointed and thinks a jury needs to hear the case.

The officers had denied any wrongdoing.