“Who Do You Call When the Murderer Wears a Badge?”
That’s what one of the protest signs read in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where people have been protesting the police killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose for two days.
UPDATE 06/28/2018 09:40 A.M. PST: The officer who shot and killed Rose has been charged with criminal homicide. Read more →
Released video footage of the shooting shows that the unarmed teenager was shot in the back Tuesday while running from officers following a traffic stop.
Rose would have graduated high school this year.
At one demonstration earlier this week, a protester read aloud a poem written by Rose in 2016:
“I see mothers bury their sons
I want my mom to never feel that pain
I am confused and afraid
I pretend all is fine
I feel like I’m suffocating.”
Rose was a passenger in the vehicle when it was pulled over by officers who suspected it was the same vehicle that had been used in a shooting only minutes earlier that day.
He was shot three times and pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m. local time.
Pittsburgh police have not released the identity of the officer who shot Rose, but the officer was reportedly sworn in only hours before the incident occurred.
Police were not equipped with body cameras and were not using dashboard cameras when the shooting occurred.
Rose’s death comes as a new study that was published in The Lancet medical journal found that the routine police killings of unarmed African Americans has devastating effects on the mental health of the entire black community.
“It’s really about all the kinds of insidious ways that structural racism can make people sick.”
According to the Washington Post police shooting database, at least 495 people have been killed by police this year.