Hip hop artist Jasiri X put out a music video this week to honor the plight of Jordan Miles, a teenager who claims he was beaten by three Pittsburgh police officers in what many saw as a racially motivated incident.
In January 2010 the three white plainclothes officers encountered the black teen. He ran away, not knowing they were cops and thinking they wanted to rob him. The officers thought he had a gun, which he did not. They claim Miles suffered his injuries when he fought back against them. However, a website devoted to the case writes:
The officers overtook Miles and administered a brutal beating that left him unrecognizable, ripping dreadlocks out of his head, and continuing to beat him as he lay on the ground after their initial assault.
Miles, who was an honor student and was never in trouble with the law, was initially charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and prowling. Those charges were later dropped.
In May following a lengthy investigation, federal officials decided there wasn't enough evidence to charge the officers with civil rights violations.
Miles, who is now in college, said he still suffers aftereffects from the incident -- facial numbness and knee problems.
Here is the video: