PITTSBURGH, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Unrest continues in Pittsburgh after a former police offer, who shot and killed a teenager running away from him during a traffic stop, is acquitted in the teen’s death.
On Friday, former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was found not guilty of murder less than a year after Rosfeld, who is white, shot and killed Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teenager.
“We have a prosecution here who clearly did not present a good case, and failed to prosecute this officer,” said Mel Packer, who came out to protest because he wanted to voice him anger and believes everything from the shooting to the trial was plagued in racism.
During one of the weekend’s rallies, hundreds of people gathered in solidarity in the Hill District section of Pittsburgh.
“People have to mount a protest, people have to make it clear that racism can not be the way we live and we have to do everything in our power to stop this,” Mel said.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Ed Gainey talked to the crowd and told them it’s time to take action.
“It begins with us, we can’t wait on the system. We can’t wait on government. What we have to wait on is what we’ve always waited on, and that’s our community pulling together and helping ourselves,” Gainey said.
Lisa Franklin-Robinson says the rally is a step in the right direction, but it’s just the first step.
“This will not end with just a gathering. I pray that it will be the beginning of a movement, that makes a difference,” she said.
Following the verdict, there were protests throughout the country, including in Philadelphia.