NAACP Criticizing School Board President’s Bond
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The local NAACP chapter has suggested removal of a district justice who set bond at $20,000 for the school board president following his arrest last week for allegedly interfering with a drug arrest.
Jake Milliones, 47, was charged with obstructing justice, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and inciting to riot following a confrontation with officers Thursday. Police allege Milliones drove over a detective’s foot.
The Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said the bail set by Senior District Justice Olive Stocker was excessive and ″a great disservice″ to the black community and to Milliones, who is black.
Milliones, long a critic of police tactics, has not spoken publicly about his arrest.
″There is no question that Mr. Milliones should not have been forced to post such a high bond and clearly qualified for either a nominal (bond) or should have been released on his own recognizance,″ NAACP President Harvey Adams said in a letter to Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr.
Adams asked that the Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry Review Board investigate and suggested that Stocker be relieved of her duties.
Stocker has refused comment.
Milliones is out of jail, meanwhile, and in Saint Francis Medical Center for undisclosed reasons. Hospital spokeswoman Cyla Alcantara confirmed today that he was a patient but declined to provide additional information.
Milliones’ bond was posted by Herbert Bean, a professional bondsman and friend.
Common Pleas President Judge Michael O’Malley said Milliones could have requested a bail reduction hearing but did not.