4 arrests during police shooting protest in Pittsburgh
Protesters marched to protest against the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
Four people were arrested and a Mercedes drove through a crowd of demonstrators protest continued in Pittsburgh for the third straight night over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.
Hundreds took part in two protests throughout the city, including outside PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Pirates played the Arizona Diamondbacks.
As the game went into extra innings, fans are trying to leave from the home plate gate, found it closed, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
A man, who identified himself as J. Cannam, 32, clashed with protesters outside the stadium and shouted “blue lives matter” before being ushered away by the police.
Protesters cross the Roberto Clemente bridge during an evening rush hour march that began in downtown Pittsburgh Friday
“I’m a big supporter of the army and the police, and [the protestants] have not the right to be obstructed by people as they are,” he told the newspaper.
In the neighborhood, a car identified as a Mercedes-Benz drove through a crowd, which struck the car with their fists, to accelerate. The police said that there were no injuries during the incident.
The protests erupted after the 17-year-old Antwon Rose, was shot dead by East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, 30.
Rose, who was unarmed, was shot from behind three times as he ran away from the traffic stop after the vehicle he was riding in are linked to a previous, non-fatal drive-by shooting 13 minutes earlier in nearby North Braddock. The vehicle had bullet damage to the rear window.
His death, which was captured on video by a witness and posted online, is mentioned in the murder by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.
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Rosfeld is placed on paid leave while an investigation takes place.
Protesters on Friday night signs in front of police in riot gear who “Fire killer cops” and chanted slogans such as: “No justice, no peace”, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Three photos on the back, how do you explain that?”
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In the meantime, the Allegheny County District Attorney has confirmed the existence of a couple of surveillance videos that the earlier incident in North Braddock.
Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., the district attorney, told the Post-Gazette: “There is good evidence of North Braddock. What happened in North Braddock, I am not going to get into that now, but there were things that happened in North Braddock.
“There is a picture, in fact there is a video of a bus-and a video of a stationary camera. It is good evidence and it explains exactly what happened in the North of Braddock.”
Earlier this week the DA’s office confirmed that Rose was not armed at the time he was shot, but he was with an empty gun magazine.
Attorney Fred Rabner, who as a representative of Rose’s family, dismissed by the relevance of the empty magazine or the fact there were two guns found in the car.
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“None of [which] would play in the assessment of whether this is a reasonable action by the police, or a good shooting,” he said. “[The rose] is performed, with empty hands, and he is shot in the back. Period.”
Rosfeld, a Penn State University graduate, was hired by East Pittsburgh police in May and had been patrolling the area since then, but was only officially sworn in at a meeting of the board on Tuesday, just hours before he shot is Increased.
Previously, he worked for the University of Pittsburgh’s department of the police force for six years as well as the boroughs of Oakmont and Harmar Township.
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