Antwon Rose Bio
Antwon Rose II was a 17-year African-American who was shot and killed in East Pittsburgh on June 19, 2018 by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, After he ran from that car that was just over, just involed in a drive by shooting minutes before. Rose was unarmed when shot, and later died at a hospital.
Antwon Rose Biogarphy
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published video footage showing Rose riding in the front passenger seat while Hester fired through the rear window behind him. Contradicting that video evidence, drive-by victim William Ross told investigators on January 17, 2019 that Rose was in fact the individual who had shot him: “The beef was between me and him, that car came by, he shot me, I ran to the store.” Despite Ross’ testimony and the gun under Rose’s seat matching the empty magazine on his person, prosecutors maintain Rose did not fire a weapon during the earlier drive-by shooting. For his part in that shooting, Hester pleaded guilty to multiple counts of firearms and aggravated assault charges.
Rose had gunshot residue on his hands at the time he was shot, according to trial testimony from a scientist at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Rose’s DNA was found on the 9mm pistol found under the passenger seat in which he was riding during the drive-by shooting. Officer Rosfeld’s attorney additionally claimed that Rose had stolen one of the handguns found in the car during an armed robbery of his employer just hours before he was shot, but Judge Alexander Bicket ruled that jurors were not permitted to hear of it, given that information regarding Rose’s theft of the gun was unknown to Officer Rosfeld at the time he shot and killed him.
Two days of protests spurred by Rose’s killing broke out in boroughs near East Pittsburgh and in Pittsburgh after his death.
Officer Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide, was arraigned, and had unsecured bail set at $250,000. His trial began on March 19, 2019.
On March 22, 2019, officer Rosfeld was found not guilty of criminal homicide.
Antwon Rose Criminal History
Antwon Rose II was 17 years old when he died. He had worked as a community volunteer and was an honor roll student at Woodland Hills High School, where he took Advanced Placementclasses. His mother had been a clerk for another police department. The police officer who shot Rose, Michael Rosfeld, had been sworn in only a few hours earlier. Rosfeld had worked in East Pittsburgh for three weeks prior to that; additionally, he had seven years experience with other police departments, including those in the Pennsylvania towns of Oakmont and Harmar, and the University of Pittsburgh. Rosfeld was sued in civil court, based on a false police report from 2017 when he was an officer for the University of Pittsburgh. However that lawsuit has not been decided in a court of law.
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 there was a drive-by shooting in North Braddock around 8:20 p.m. Police later said that witnesses described a car similar to the silver Chevrolet Cruze that Rose and two others were seen in nearby. Police stopped the car, which investigators said had clearly been hit by bullets, at 8:40 p.m. A video recording taken by a bystander shows police ordering the driver to step out from the car. While the driver was being handcuffed, Rose and the third occupant began to run. Rosenfeld fired at them; Rose was struck three times and died at the hospital.
In the video a woman’s voice is heard saying, “Why they shooting at him? All they did was run and they shooting at them.” The third passenger escaped, but was later arrested.
Police said that Rose had been unarmed when he was shot. They also said that the car’s driver was released from custody later that evening, as they did not feel they had cause to charge him. Police stated that the car may have been used as a “jitney,” or low-cost private vehicle to pick up passengers. Police initially stated that they did not know if Rose had been in the car when the drive-by shooting occurred 20 minutes prior.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala stated that Rose had an empty 9-millimeter handgun magazine in his pocket, and officials stated there were two guns in the car, one being a 9-mm-caliber handgun and the other a .40-caliber handgun
Antwon Rose Trial Latest Update
With the acquittal of an East Pittsburgh police officer in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, the teen’s family attorney said their fight for justice is far from over.
Antwon Rose Trial
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