City Officials Seek Better Cooperation from Antwon Rose Marchers

Say Protests Have Been Allowed Without Permits

Joe DeStio
June 26, 2018 - 2:45 pm
Pittsburgh Public Safety officials say they need better cooperation from protestors as demonstrations  continue over the shooting death of 17 year old Antwon Rose.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety officials say they need better cooperation from protestors as demonstrations  continue over the shooting death of 17 year old Antwon Rose. Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters today that cooperation has been minimal with no advance warning of where protestors are going to march or their numbers.

Hissrich adds the protestors have not had permits to block streets and highways but authorities are allowing them to proceed. “They’re going to march anyway, we know that. And I don’t want to get into a mass arrest situation.”

Hissrich says the city to the city is significant. Police have been put on 12 hour shifts through the weekend

“Our primary goal here is to de-escalate a very tense situation throughout the city. That’s why we’re not coming out in riot gear and saying you can’t march.”

Hiassrich says his biggest fear right now is bystanders who may try to incite the protestors. There have been confrontations during protests on the North Side and South Side.

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