Mar 24, 2019

Protests after East Pittsburgh cop acquitted over black teen's death

Carmen Ashley, the great aunt of Antwon Rose II, holds the memorial card from his funeral in June. File photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images

Shots were fired Saturday at the office of the defense attorney of an East Pittsburgh police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 17-year-old after he was acquitted of homicide, triggering protests, the AP reports.

The details: As protests continued into Saturday night, the father of Antwon Rose II called for peace after the apparent retaliatory shooting following a jury finding Michael Rosfeld, 30, a former officer in East Pittsburgh, not guilty of homicide Friday.

What he's saying: "I want peace, period, all the way around," Antwon Rose Sr. told a crowd, according to the AP. "Just because there was violence doesn’t mean that we counter that with violence."

What's next? Rose’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh.

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