Protests in Pittsburgh after police officer cleared of killing black teen

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Published on March 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:45s

Protests in Pittsburgh after police officer cleared of killing black teen

Protests erupted outside a Pittsburgh courtroom after a jury unanimously found that a white police officer did not commit murder when he fatally shot black teenager Antwon Rose.

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Protests in Pittsburgh after police officer cleared of killing black teen

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A Pittsburgh jury on Friday (March 23) unanimously found that a white police officer did not commit murder when he fatally shot black teenager Antwon Rose, an incident that sparked protests and fueled the debate about racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, shot Rose, 17, as he fled from a car along with an 18-year-old associate who has since pleaded guilty to carrying out a drive-by shooting from the vehicle.

The shooting was one of a series of high-profile U.S. police killings of unarmed black teens and men.

Lawyers for Rosfeld, of Verona, Pennsylvania, had argued that he acted in self-defense because he believed Rose was carrying a weapon.

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