Groups, businesses in Allegheny County call for police accountability in shooting of Antwon Rose II

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Groups, businesses in Allegheny County call for police accountability in shooting of Antwon Rose II

More than 120 advocacy groups, organizations and businesses in Allegheny County penned an open letter Monday demanding justice for Antwon Rose II, a day before Michael Rosfeld — the former East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed the teenager in 2018 — begins his trial.

The letter, announced by officials from 1HoodMedia and the Alliance for Police Accountability, says that “holding police accountable is essential for creating a meaningful relationship between the community and police,” and calls for Mr. Rosfeld to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

A conviction, the letter continues, would allow the community to begin a “process of healing and reconciliation.”

A cross section of groups signed onto the letter, including the Black Political Empowerment Project, Casa San Jose, the Young Democrats of Allegheny County, and the Women and Girls Foundation.

Mr. Rosfeld faces one count of criminal homicide in the June 2018 shooting of 17-year-old Antwon, who was unarmed as he fled from a traffic stop. Mr. Rosfeld’s defense has contended that the shooting was justified.

Originally posted here: https://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2019/03/18/Allegheny-County-groups-call-police-accountability-pittsburgh-shooting-Antwon-Rose-michael-rosfeld-trial/stories/201903180114