Anton Rose Jr. (263943)

Several news sources are reporting that the police officer who fatally shot a 17-year-old Black teen in Pittsburgh is being charged with criminal homicide. Officer Michael Rosfeld put three bullets in the back of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. as the teen ran from a police cruiser last week in the latest case of Blue on Black crime that’s earned national attention as well as ongoing protests. Rose was reportedly unarmed. In an ironic twist, Rosfeld has just been sworn in as a Pittsburgh cop hours before the shooting. According to media reports, Rose was well liked in the community and often devoted his spare time to volunteering. “Antwon’s death shakes my heart, it rattles my faith that things will ever get better or that the injustice will ever end,” said area resident Gisele Barreto Fetterman, who said she met him when he volunteered at the Free Store, a charity she founded. “Slowly, too slowly, things will get brighter, even though they’re now so dark.” During a taped interview on Sunday with “Good Morning America, Rose’s mother, Michelle Kenney, held hands with his father, Antwon Rose Sr., as she grappled to make sense of why her unarmed child was shot three times as he ran away from a vehicle during a traffic stop. She believes that the officer who shot Antwon, “murdered my son in cold blood.” The attorney for the Rose family, S. Lee Merritt, shared the news on social media, posting, “Michael Rosfeld has been charged with Criminal Homicide in the Murder of Antwon Rose. This is a small stride toward justice but we have a very long road ahead.”