Activists Demand Changes to Pennsylvania’s Use of Force Law After Antwon Rose’s Death

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Protestors face off with Pittsburgh Police. (Daniel A. Elias, Shutterstock.com)

More than 400 activists descended on the Pennsylvania Capitol to urge changes to the state’s use of force law. Several Democratic lawmakers are proposing a change that would prevent police officers from shooting at fleeing suspects.

The demonstration came a month after a jury acquitted former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld in the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. On June 19, 2018, Rosfeld stopped a vehicle believed to be involved in a drive-by shooting. Rose, who was unarmed, ran from the scene and was fatally shot by Rosfeld.

A jury found Rosfeld acted within the law when he shot at Rose and his friend Zaijuan Hester.

“We understand that it is legal to shoot a fleeing child in the back, but it’s time that we change the law,” State Representative Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) said…

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