Protesters took to the streets in Pennsylvania on Saturday after a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager was acquitted.
Michael Rosfeld, 30, shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose 3 times within the again as he tried to flee police final June.
He was charged with prison murder final 12 months however a jury on Friday absolutely acquitted him after a 4 day trial.
Amid the protests on Saturday, photographs have been reportedly fired on the officers of Mr Rosfeld’s lawyer.
Lots of of demonstrators marched by means of downtown Pittsburgh and blocked roads. They gathered at an intersection known as Freedom Nook and chanted Rose’s age. Some held indicators that bore the names of different black males who had been killed by police lately.
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Media captionVideo exhibits Antwon Rose being shot from behind by police in 2018
Rose’s father, Antwon Rose Sr, addressed the crowds in Pittsburgh and and known as for peaceable protest.
“It’s totally painful to see what occurred, to take a seat there and take care of it,” he stated. “I simply don’t desire it to occur to our metropolis no extra.”
He added: “I need peace, interval, all the best way round … Simply because there was violence doesn’t suggest that we counter that with violence.”
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The demise of Antwon Rose is one in all many high-profile circumstances of unarmed black males dying by the hands of white US law enforcement officials – circumstances which have ignited protests and civil unrest throughout the nation.
Lee Merritt, who represented the household, stated Rose was shot within the again however “didn’t pose a risk to the officers”.
“The decision as we speak says that that’s OK,” he stated.
The household is now submitting a federal civil rights lawsuit in opposition to Mr Rosfield, legal professionals say.
What occurred to Antwon Rose?
Officers stopped Rose’s automotive as a result of it matched the outline of 1 sought in reference to a close-by capturing, police stated. Rose was a passenger within the automobile on the time.
When the driving force was stopped and ordered out of the automotive, Rose and a second unidentified passenger ran. Rose was shot a number of occasions from behind, within the arm, face and stomach. He later died from his accidents.
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The officers weren’t sporting physique cameras on the time, however a video filmed by a bystander went viral and led to days of protests in Pittsburgh.
In line with the prison grievance, Mr Rosfeld, who had been sworn in for responsibility simply 90 minutes earlier, stated he “noticed one thing darkish that he perceived as a gun,” however witnesses stated Rose had nothing in his palms.
Mr Rosfeld later modified his story, in response to the detectives’ grievance, saying he didn’t see a gun.