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East Pittsburgh officer charged after killing unarmed black teen

Protestors gather, holding a sign "Justice for Antwon"
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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."