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Mourners seek justice in Pennsylvania teen's fatal shooting by police

Mourners seek justice in Pennsylvania teen's fatal shooting by police”

Footage of the incident has sent a collective shudder through the Pittsburg community, with Antwon Rose's death sparking protests across the community. Afterward, the crowd circled back toward downtown, stopping in a square where they conducted a moment of silence and listened to speakers.

"They're ready to fight", Merritt said of Antwon's parents. Several groups have shut down highways and street intersections across parts of the city since Wednesday. Other protests and vigils were expected around the country over the weekend.

As ThinkProgress' Elham Khatami reported last week, Rose was shot three times in the back and killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer late Tuesday.

Rosfeld, 30, left the university police department on January 18 and was hired by the East Pittsburgh police in mid-May. It is unclear from the video if Rosfeld yelled for them to stop.

The funeral for Rose, 17, was held today in a school auditorium six days after he was fatally shot by a police officer as he fled a traffic stop in a town near Pittsburgh. Rose was one of two passengers in the auto, which matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in an earlier shooting, Allegheny County Police said.

The medical examiner did not say where or how many times Rose was shot, but confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

The incident that led to Rose's killing began with a separate shooting about 15 minutes earlier, when someone in a passing auto shot and wounded a 22-year-old man.

Zappala said the 20-year-old driver of the vehicle, whom police had interviewed but later released, may be charged with a crime later. The auto was reportedly stopped because it matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in an earlier shooting several miles away.

"There's video; in fact, there's video from a bus".

Rosfeld did not initially cooperate with police, Zappala said, but he was hopeful the interview would happen by the end of the day on Friday. "It's important, however it has to be taken into context with the entire investigation", said Allegheny County Police Department Superintendent Coleman McDonough during a news conference after the shooting.

Philadelphia-based Attorney Lee Merrit, who has represented other prominent families in nationally-known Black Lives Matter cases, is representing the family. Rabner described Rose as a "beautiful, kind" and hard-working teenager who worked with young children at a gymnastics gym as well as at a local Domino's Pizza.

Zappala acknowledged the potential for the appearance "of some kind of conflict" because of that but said it was up to the state legislature to change the procedure for police shootings. The officer shot three times at Rose as he fled and struck him three times, police said. The Post found that more than 980 people were killed by police in 2017. "And I just don't understand why - why does it got to keep happening?" There's some people in this community that just if a police officer uses deadly force, then he's committed a criminal act.

Lawyers for his family have said no evidence has been produced to show Rose posed a threat to police.

"While ACPD does have a video showing the North Braddock incident, that video does NOT show Antwon Rose firing a gun", it said in a statement Friday night.



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