A jury in Pennsylvania has got a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the back, setting off a series of angry protests.
Michael Rosfeld was a police officer with the East Pittsburgh Police Department who had been sworn in just hours before shooting 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last June. Rosfeld was charged with murder.
He testified that he pulled over and unlicensed taxi that had been involved in a drive-by shooting and that rose and another occupant fled the vehicle. Rosfeld told the jury that he thought Rose or the other had a favor. He shot the fleeing rose in the back, arm and side of the face.
Rosfeld testified that he had shot Rose to protect himself and the community.
Another occupant of the car, Zaijuan Hester, 18, pleaded guilty load week to gun charges, count a judge that he, not Rose, did the drive-by shooting.
As An-Li Herring or NPR member station WESA reported, Rose's death was captured on video and later posted on Facebook.  "Rose's death sparked weeks of protests that shut down local roadways," said Herring. "Demonstrators felt that Rose's death fit on national pattern of police brutality against black residents." Supporters of Antwon Rose II, leave the courthouse after hearing the verdict of not guilty for Michael Rosfeld, a former police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa. .
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