PITTSBURGH — A federal jury will continue deliberations Friday in a civil rights lawsuit filed by a black motorist paralyzed by a white Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop nearly five years ago.

Twenty-four-year-old Leon Ford is suing Officers David Derbish and Andrew Miller for the November 2012 traffic stop where Derbish shot Ford five times.

Court records show jurors began deliberating Tuesday and had not yet reached a verdict by Thursday.

Ford says the officers acted aggressively because they thought he was a gang member with a similar name, age and appearance.

The officers maintain Derbish fired because Ford was resisting and tried to drive off as he and Derbish struggled inside the vehicle.

Ford says the car was inadvertently knocked into gear.


This story has been corrected to show that one of the officer’s names is Andrew Miller, not Anthony Miller.