Fundraising platforms also set up to help Rose’s family
Text by Charlie Deitch
Photos by Jake Mysliwczyk
Pittsburgh Current Editor
In the 24 hours since the acquittal of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld in the murder of Antwon Rose, thousands had come out to protest in several marches that sprung up around the city and across the state in Philadelphia.
Rose was 17, unarmed and shot in the back when he and another man fled the scene of a traffic stop. Rosfeld testified that he thought one of the individuals had a gun and turned around. He said he shot Rose to protect himself and the community. However neither Rose or the other man were armed. Rosfeld stopped the car Rose was riding in because it matched the description of a car used in a drive -by shooting. However, Rosfeld testified that he wasn’t completely sure at that moment it was the right car.
Protests began late Friday night after the 9 p.m. verdict was announced. Protests began outside the Allegheny County Courthouse before moving to East Libeerty. On Saturday, Freedom Corner in the Hill was the site of a solidarity service. Marchers then moved into Downtown and Market Square. On Saturday evening there was another protest beginning in Schenley Park and moved throughout the neighborhood. Several times, protesters occupied several businesses.
In related news, two options have been established for donations to help Antwon Rose’s mother Michelle Kenney. Kenney is continuing her fight for justice in a civil lawsuit. The coalition for Racial Justice in Media also has started a Gofundme page for Kenney. As of Sunday afternoon, $1,900 had been raised. For a more direct donation, use the Cash App and send the money to $AntwonsMother.
The Current will continue to follow this story as it develops.