Demonstrators Take To Grant St., Demand Answers For Police Shooting Of Antwon Rose Jr.

Hundreds attended a rally outside the county courthouse Thursday afternoon

Joe DeStio
June 21, 2018 - 2:23 pm
Grant Street

Joe DeStio


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Hundreds turned out Thursday afternoon outside the Allegheny County Courthouse on Grant Street for a non-violent rally in response to Tuesday night's deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager by East Pittsburgh Police.

Protestors said they want answers and accountability for the police shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. who was shot while fleeing a police stop.

The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Michael Rosfeld.

Many carried signs saying things such as “Black Lives Matter,” “Justice for Antwon” and “Stop Killing Our Babies.”

One of the calls at the rally was for a county-wide citizens police review board similar to the one that operates in the city of Pittsburgh.

Others said the gathering was a referendum on Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, who they say hasn’t treated minorities fairly in confrontations with police.

Leon Ford, who was paralyzed by Pittsburgh Police in 2012, also spoke at the rally and said Rose’s death will change the face of Pittsburgh forever. 

Police were present and mainly stayed to the side.

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