A former police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa., was acquitted Friday on all counts in reference to the taking pictures demise of a black teenager who fled throughout a site visitors cease final summer time.
The decision within the demise of Antwon Rose II got here after a four-day trial in downtown Pittsburgh and fewer than 4 hours of jury deliberation. Town had been involved about protests and had cordoned off streets across the large, gothic Allegheny County Courthouse throughout the trial.
A video that recorded the deadly taking pictures was extensively seen on the web, and it led to days of protests in Pittsburgh and drew widespread consideration as one other instance of the killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer.
The officer, Michael Rosfeld, who’s white, had been charged with murder within the taking pictures demise of Antwon, a 17-year-old African-American, on the evening of June 19, 2018. Prosecutors charged Mr. Rosfeld with an open depend of murder, which means the jury may have convicted him of homicide or manslaughter.
Antwon, who was unarmed, ran after Mr. Rosfeld pulled over the automobile he was using in with one other teenager. The automobile, a Chevrolet Cruze, matched the outline of 1 concerned in a close-by drive-by taking pictures about 10 minutes earlier.
Mr. Rosfeld shot Antwon, a passenger, thrice — in his again, face and elbow.
Prosecutors say Mr. Rosfeld, 30, gave inconsistent statements concerning the taking pictures, together with whether or not he thought Antwon had a gun.
On Thursday, Mr. Rosfeld testified in his personal protection for 90 minutes. “It occurred in a short time,” he mentioned. “My intent was to finish the menace that was made in opposition to me.”
He mentioned on the stand that he thought he noticed one of many two youngsters who ran from the automobile level a gun at him. He mentioned he didn’t know which teenager made the movement.
“I hope everybody takes a deep breath and will get on with their lives,” Patrick Thomassey, Mr. Rosfeld’s lawyer, mentioned after the decision.
S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Antwon’s household, condemned the decision in a tweet. “A Pennsylvania jury simply concluded taking pictures an unarmed black youngster within the again as he ran away shouldn’t be homicide, it’s not even prison,” he mentioned. “I’ll by no means have the ability to make peace with that. All the things has to alter.”
Jurors, who watched the video of the deadly confrontation, obtained the case simply earlier than 5 p.m. on Friday and returned a verdict about 8:30 p.m.
The jurors have been chosen at a courthouse in Harrisburg, the state capital, about 200 miles east. They have been sequestered all week in Pittsburgh.
The jury consisted of six males and 6 ladies, 9 of whom have been white and three of whom have been African-American.
On Friday morning, one of many white feminine jurors was dismissed by the choose and was changed by an alternate juror, a white man. A cause was not given.
Mr. Rosfeld had been on the East Pittsburgh police drive for about three weeks and had been formally sworn in simply hours earlier than the taking pictures.
Beforehand, he had been a member of the College of Pittsburgh police drive, however left the job after discrepancies have been discovered between one in all his sworn statements and proof in an arrest, The Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette has reported.