Cop who shot and killed unarmed teenager was sworn in 90 minutes before
New reports find East Pittsburgh police officer who killed an unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, while he tried to run away during a traffic stop was only sworn in less than two hours before the incident.
The 17-year-old boy who was shot and killed as he fled an East Pittsburgh police officer had the empty clip from a gun in his pocket, the officer of justice has confirmed.
Antwon Rose was shot three times as he ran away from Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, after a traffic stop.
Demonstrators chant “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” on the engine officers in the vicinity of the head of a line of vehicles stuck on Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh on Thursday, 21 June 2018. The highway was closed by people protesting against the East Pittsburgh police after the June 19 shooting death of Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer in Pennsylvania seconds after he fled a traffic stop
The car was a passenger had been linked to an earlier drive-by shooting at about 13 minutes earlier.
Allegheny County Police Inspector Coleman McDonough said earlier this week that the shooter in the drive-by incident fired nine .40 caliber rounds on a 22-year-old victim in another car. The 20-year-old driver of the car was arrested shortly after the crime and is then released while the police are still trying to track down a second passenger.
COP WHO FATALLY SHOT UNARMED 17-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS SWORN IN JUST 90 MINUTES, POLICE SOURCES SAY
People protest against the East Pittsburgh police after the June 19 shooting death of Antwon Rose exit of Interstate 376 in Pittsburgh on Thursday
(Andrew Goldstein/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Stephen Zappala Jr., the Allegheny County district attorney, confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Rose was not armed at the time of the fatal shooting, but he was with an empty gun clip.
He also said that a number of the witnesses of the shooting are not cooperating with the police, he said, is essential for the investigation.
Attorney Fred Rabner, who as a representative of Rose’s family, called the shooting “a senseless act of violence”, as he rejected the relevance of the empty clip or the fact there were two guns found in the car.
Antwan Rose, 17, was shot three times on Tuesday, when he ran away after Officer Michael Rosfeld stopped a car he was traveling in that is linked to a non-fatal drive-by shooting 13 minutes earlier
“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.
The traffic is stopped in both directions on the 376 as a group to protest against the death of #AntwonRose took to the parkway. The crowd has grown since the beginning of march from East Pittsburgh around 6 hours. pic.twitter.com/iPPsH8GYvQ
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Previously, he worked for the University of Pittsburgh’s department of the police for six years on the borough of Oakmont and Harmar Township.
He is placed on administrative leave while county police conducting an independent investigation. He still has not been interviewed.
Rose’s death has been officially classified as a murder by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, who said that he died of a gunshot wound to the “trunk”.
The high school honor student’s shooting has prompted two nights of demonstrations, with hundreds of demonstrators demanding justice.
The crowd blocked the Interstate Highway 376 in the city, chanting slogans such as: “No justice, no peace.”
Under Pennsylvania law, there are circumstances that allow officers to use lethal force on a fleeing suspect. It is allowed to prevent serious injury or death to a public official or other person or, if the suspect has used or threatened violence or possesses a deadly weapon.
Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86