Pittsburgh braced for protests after acquittal of officer who shot black teen

The river of racism rolls on and on and on…

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  • Michael Rosfeld found not guilty of homicide
  • Antwon Rose II, 17, ran from unlicensed taxi

The family of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer expressed anger and sadness over a jury’s decision to acquit, as Pittsburgh braced for protests.

Former East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting Antwon Rose II in the back as the 17-year-old ran away from a traffic stop last June. But Rosfeld walked out of the courtroom a free man on Friday after jurors rejected the argument that he acted as “judge, jury and executioner”, in the words of an assistant district attorney.

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