In this March 12, 2019 file photo, former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, charged with homicide in the shooting death of Antwon Rose II, walks to the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. On the fourth day of the trial in Pittsburgh, Friday March 22, 2019, Rosfeld was acquitted of all counts in the death of Rose. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lawyer's office shot at after cop's acquittal in teen death

March 23, 2019 - 9:50 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The family of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer is expressing anger and sadness over a jury's decision to acquit.

Pittsburgh is bracing for protests a day after the verdict.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last June. Rosfeld walked out of the courtroom a free man Friday after jurors rejected a prosecutor's argument that he acted as Rose's "judge, jury and executioner."

The verdict leaves Rose's family to pursue the federal civil rights lawsuit they filed last August against Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh. That's a small municipality about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Pittsburgh.

Rosfeld says he thought Rose or another suspect had a gun pointed at him.


Associated Press writer Michael Rubinkam in northeastern Pennsylvania contributed to this story.

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