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Eight days after Antwon Rose Jr., an unarmed black 17-year-old, was shot and killed in East Pittsburgh, the police officer responsible, Michael Rosfeld, has been charged with criminal homicide, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Police officers are very rarely charged after their involvement in fatal shootings. The Rose family's attorney tweeted in response to the news: "This is a small stride toward justice but we have a very long road ahead."

The details: Last Tuesday, East Pittsburgh officers were investigating a drive-by shooting when they came across Rose and two other people in a car that matched a witness description of the car involved. Rose and another person fled after being confronted by police — and Rose was struck "several" times after police fired. Graphic video of the shooting was shared on Facebook.

  • Rose was unarmed at the time, although two "firearms were recovered from the vehicle," the Post reports.
  • Rosfeld changed his story, first saying he he say Rose pointing "something dark that he perceived as a gun;" he then said he did not see a gun; and another time he changed his account of events again.
  • Rose is the only fatality at the hands of the East Pittsburgh Police Department since 2015, the Post reports.

What's next: Rosfeld's bail is set at $250,000. His attorney, Patrick Thomassey, told CBS last Friday that Rosfeld is "depressed and feels bad about what happened and that it was his first time ever firing his weapon as a police officer."

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World leaders react to "new dawn in America" under Biden administration

President Biden reacts delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

World leaders have pledged to work with President Biden on issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, with many praising his move to begin the formal process for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.

The big picture: Several leaders noted the swift shift from former President Trump's "America First" policy to Biden's action to re-engage with the world and rebuild alliances.

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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House on Wednesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden signed his first executive orders into law from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening after walking in a brief inaugural parade to the White House with first lady Jill Biden and members of their family. He was inaugurated with Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

Republicans pledge to set aside differences and work with Biden

President Biden speaks to Sen. Mitch McConnell after being sworn in at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Photo: Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images

Several Republicans praised President Biden's calls for unity during his inaugural address on Wednesday and pledged to work together for the benefit of the American people.

Why it matters: The Democrats only have a slim majority in the Senate and Biden will likely need to work with the GOP to pass his legislative agenda.

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