Wednesday, June 20th, was a long day and night for the family of Antwon Rose Jr. and those protesting his death at the hands of police the night before. Following a noon demonstration in downtown Pittsburgh protestors reconvened at the East Pittsburgh Police Station before moving to the Pittsburgh I-376 Parkway around 9PM. Traffic was blocked in both directions for several hours until Pennsylvania State riot police arrived shortly after 2AM to disperse the crowd. One arrest was made when Ciora Thomas, President of sisTers PGH, stood her ground and refused to leave the roadway.
Antwon Rose Jr., 17, was riding in a vehicle that had been pulled over because officers suspected it had been used in a shooting that had occurred minutes earlier.
A cell phone video of the event shows Rose and another young man running from the vehicle and an officer firing multiple times.
Rose was unarmed when he was shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer. Rose was hit by three bullets, transported to McKeesport Hospital and pronounced dead at 9:19pm.
Since his death protests have been held throughout the city of Pittsburgh. These images are from the first day and night of protests. Antwon Rose Jr. was laid to rest Monday evening; no protests were held on Monday out of respect for the family, but they are expected to resume Tuesday.
The shooting remains under investigation. No charges have been filed against Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, who has been on administrative leave since shooting Rose. In the coming days, District Attorney Stephen Zappala is expected to make an announcement about whether the East Pittsburgh police officer will be charged.