Rich Fitzgerald Praises Protesters And Police During Antwon Rose Protests

"It's been a tough week for the community on all sides"

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
June 25, 2018 - 3:03 pm
Rich Fitzgerald

Andrew Limberg


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Over the weekend, Protesters took to the streets of Pittsburgh to call for justice over the police killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, who was shot three times in the back while fleeing a police. Large crowds marched around Pittsburgh including across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to PNC Park on Friday night.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald tells KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin he is proud that protestors of all colors and backgrounds were able to protest peacefully over the weekend without violence but understands their anger and frustration.

“We want to have a good outcome of wherever this goes over the next few days but we’ve got to make sure that as Pittsburghers we stay together, that the police and the community work together. We can’t have these separations that sometimes divide us not just as a country but as a community,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is also pleased that protestors and police alike have not let the situations escalate.

“The cooperation has been tremendous. I think on the protestor’s side they have voiced their concerns, they haven’t pushed and escalated it. On the police side they haven’t pushed and escalated it.” Fitzgerald admits that could change over the next few days with a violent incident but hopes it doesn’t.

Fitzgerald also talks about the possibility of outside groups threatening violence coming in and that the police are monitoring those possibilities.

He also asks that everyone on both sides be as patient as possible.

“I think all of us need to be vigilant at the point and patient. Sometimes a street gets shut down, that’s not easy and I know we all get frustrated when we’re late for something or want to get somewhere but I think hopefully calmer heads will prevail and that as we go through this process justice is done,” said Fitzgerald.

Listen to Fitzgerald’s full comments below.

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