Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pittsburgh: Unarmed 17-Year-Old Shot In The Back While Running Away From Police

17-year-old Antwon Rose was shot in the back while running away from police in East Pittsburgh
17-year-old Antwon Rose
A 17-year-old boy in East Pittsburgh is dead after being shot three times in the back by an officer who had been sworn into the police department just hours earlier.

Antwon Rose was killed Tuesday night while fleeing from a car that had been pulled over in connection with an earlier shooting in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, according to WTAE TV.

From the Allegheny County Police Department’s Facebook page:

An East Pittsburgh police officer saw a vehicle matching the description on Grandview Avenue which also had ballistics damage to the rear window. The officer stopped the vehicle near Grandview and Howard Street in East Pittsburgh.

The officer took the driver into custody. While he was putting the driver into handcuffs, two other occupants ran from the car.

One individual ― a 17-year-old male ― was shot by police. He was transported to McKeesport Hospital where he was declared deceased.

According to USA Today, no shots were fired at the officer at the scene. You'll notice the report doesn't mention the teen being shot three times in the back.

Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough confirmed that Rose was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave but not identified.

In a statement to local station WPXI TV, East Pittsburgh Mayor Louis Payne shared that the officer had been sworn into the department only a few hours before the shooting, but clarified the officer was not a rookie having served with other area police departments for seven years.

A petition has been launched calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to require the East Pittsburg Police Deparmtent to wear body cameras at all times.

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