Pennsylvania Officer Charged In Shooting Of Unarmed Teen [VIDEO]

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A Pennsylvania law enforcement officer was arrested and charged with criminal homicide Wednesday for the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. on June 19.

Court documents reveal East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld’s preliminary hearing will be held July 6, reported The New York Daily News.

Rosfeld stopped the car Rose was riding in with two other people because it resembled the description of a car thought to have been involved in a nearby shooting earlier that day, according to investigators. (RELATED: Oakland Church Pledges To Combat White Privilege By Never Calling The Police, Inadvertently Adopts Code Of Omerta)


Rose fled the vehicle, and Rosfeld fired three shots at Rose, who died in a hospital from the gunshots. The medical examiner’s office has not said where Rosfeld was struck, reported Fox News.

Investigators have not said whether Rose took part in the drive-by shooting that left one wounded. Authorities arrested one of the teenagers in the car with Rose for involvement in the drive-by shooting Tuesday, reported Fox News. Two guns were found in the car Rose fled from.

A bystander recorded the incident on a smartphone. Rose, in a gray shirt, is the first to exit the vehicle, according to Fox News.

Although Rosfeld has been a Pennsylvania law enforcement officer since 2011, he had been sworn in to his most recent post less than two hours before the shooting, reported CBS Pittsburgh. Rosfeld previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department, reported Fox News.

Dozens of protesters have marched through downtown Pittsburgh while chanting phrases like “Who did this? The police did this!” nearly every day since the shooting, reported Fox News. Protests were called off for the day when Rose’s family laid him to rest on Monday.

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