Pa. jury begins hearing about black man's beating

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The attorney for a performing arts student who alleges he was wrongly arrested and beaten by Pittsburgh police says the case is about "an abuse of power."

Lawyer Robert Giroux made the argument in federal court on Tuesday. He represents Jordan Miles, a black man who was 18 during the confrontation with three white officers in January 2010.

But an attorney for one officer blamed Miles for the encounter. James Wymard told the jury that Miles tried to run and then fought with police.

Miles claims he was beaten for being a young black man in a high-crime area. The officers acknowledge beating Miles because they mistook him for an armed prowler.

Miles' lawsuit contends police violated his civil rights through the wrongful arrest and the use of excessive force.

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