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Protesters take to Pittsburgh streets for fourth-straight day seeking justice for Antwon Rose

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17-year-old was unarmed and running away when he was shot and killed by police

Pittsburgh Current Photos by Kinsley Stocum
Protesters take to the streets Saturday to protest the death of Antwon Rose

From PC Staff Reports

Editor’s Note: Story compiled from reports from Brittany Hailer, Jake Mysliwczyk and Jared Wickerham

Since Wednesday, protesters fighting for justice in the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, have marched through and stopped traffic through several Allegheny County communities, shut down a major highway and locked down a Pittsburgh Pirates Game. And while the protests Saturday folded into the city’s Juneteenth celebration and seemed to disperse, there’s no reason to believe that the city has seen the last of these massive gatherings.

“I am proud of the demonstrations that we have undertaken in the past view days,” a speaker told the crowd of several hundred Saturday afternoon. “We shut down the whole damn Interstate. Nobody got to work; nobody got home. Yesterday, we shut down the whole downtown; then we went up and shut down a Pirates game. We had a group in Homestead that shut down a bridge. This is what unity looks like when black people … plan and organize.

“Until we get justice for Antwon, we will shut shit down everyday.  What we know about this oppressive white society is they don’t respect any color unless it’s green. So we will keep disrupting these business districts. We will go to where they make money and we will take it; you can’t have shit. If Antwon can’t come home, then you can’t come home!”

Rose was killed on June 19 after the car he was riding in was pulled over by East Pittsburgh Police because the car matched the description of one used in a drive-by shooting in North Braddock earlier in the evening. The vehicle’s driver was taken into custody and Rose ran from the vehicle. Although he was unarmed, East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Rose three times in the torso, killing him.

On Friday afternoon, KDKA TV reported that video existed showing Rose pulling the trigger in the earlier drive-by, however that report has been denied by multiple officials as false, although man posters tried to use it on social media to distract from the facts surrounding Rose’s death.

Friday night’s protests may have been the largest so far. Hundreds of people assembled at the Wood Street T Station downtown and disrupted traffic all over the city. For a short time, all exits at PNC Park were locked down for the Pirates game/fireworks night. The only violence occurred when a white driver in a Mercedes Benz drove through the crowd, according to media reports. No injuries were reported.

Police in communities surrounding Homestead and Munhall were warned earlier Friday that protesters were planning to shut down the Homestead Grays Bridge. Several Protesters were faced off with police officers, but did manage to block the traffic. The protest started off peacefully with a small group protesting from the sidewalk. However, as more protesters arrived, tensions with officers increased and protesters were able to get around police and completely block traffic.

 

Pittsburgh Current Photos by Jake Mysliwczyk

Protesters at the Homestead Grays Bridge on Frida Night.

Pittsburgh Current photographers and reporters have been documenting the Antwon Rose protests since Thursday afternoon. The following photos, taken by Jared Wickerham, Jake Mysliwczyk and Kinsley Stocum are in chronological order beginning Thursday afternoon.

Thursday June 21

Pittsburgh Current Photos by Jared Wickerham

Members of the community attend a rally for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Leon Ford speaks during a rally for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community attend a rally for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community attend a rally for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community attend a rally for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community attend a rally for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

Members of the community take part in a protest for Antwon Rose, the 17-year old who was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/For Pittsburgh Current)

 

Friday, June 21

Pittsburgh Current Photos by Jake Mysliwczyk

 

Saturday, June 22

Pittsburgh Current Photos by Kinsley Stocum

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