Protests after white Pittsburgh cop found not guilty for killing black teen

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Published on March 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

Protests after white Pittsburgh cop found not guilty for killing black teen

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the latest U.S. city rocked by demonstrators upset over a not-guilty verdict for a white police office who shot an unarmed black teen.

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Protests after white Pittsburgh cop found not guilty for killing black teen

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UPSOUND: PROTESTERS CHANTING (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I'm fired up.

Can't take it no more.

I'm fired up.

Can't take it no more." Unrest in the city of Pittsburgh, P.A.

After a jury unanimously found a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager not guilty of murder.

UPSOUND: PROTESTERS CHANTING (ENGLISH) SAYING: "What do we want?

Justice.

When do we want it?

Now." East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot 17-year old Antwon Rose as he was running away from a car.

UPSOUND: PROTESTERS CHANTING (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Three shots in the back, how you justify that?" Lawyers for Rosfeld argued the officer acted in self-defense because he thought Rose was carrying a weapon.

Protesters believe Rose's death was unjustified.

Democratic state representative Summer Lee SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) SUMMER LEE, PENNSYLVANIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE (DEMOCRAT) SAYING: "It's rare that a police officer is found guilty of the crime of murder.

We have to fight make sure this precedent is broken.

We have to fight to make sure that police officers know that they can't commit crimes and will be held to the same standard as any other citizen in this country." The protest in Pittsburgh Friday follows unrest in other cities across America where mostly black young men have been shot or killed in police presence, fueling a debate over claims of racial bias, over-aggressive policing, and a U.S. criminal justice system that favors cops.

UPSOUND: PROTESTERS CHANTING (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Hands up.

Don't shoot." The family of Rose publicly pleaded for a peaceful response.

Protesters disrupted traffic but there were no violent outbreaks.

The jury, comprised of nine white jurors and three black jurors, deliberated for less than four hours before coming back with a not guilty verdict.

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