Jury begins hearing 2 versions of confrontation between black arts student, Pittsburgh police

  • by: JOE MANDAK , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 11, 2014 - 12:41 PM

PITTSBURGH — Three white plainclothes police officers concocted a story about mistaking a soda bottle for a weapon as an excuse for beating a black Pittsburgh performing arts student, the man's lawyer told jurors Tuesday at the start of a second civil rights trial linked to the plaintiff's 2010 arrest.

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