The unarmed teen was killed and the media is doing all it can to amplify the policeman’s accusers.
So here’s a couple of standard media reports on the unarmed teen, Antwon Rose.
Now here’s a former police officer giving both the case law that may apply and more relevant facts of the case:
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It is true that the vehicle left behind by the fleeing Antwon Rose “matched” the description of a vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting. But it is significant that it also had bullet damage.
Personally, if a shoplifter or bad-check-writer was shot while fleeing the police, I would want the police officer to be charged. But a suspect of a gun crime is a different matter. I think police, or any armed person dealing with a suspected gun criminal owes the rest of society protection from such a person.
We’ll have to wait for the official investigation to be completed. But the personal lesson that everyone should learn is to not commit gun crime and never to flee from police. This is obvious whether the officer is cleared or not. But that important lesson is being drowned out by the mob and the media.
The New York Times reports, “Police Killing of Antwon Rose, 17, in East Pittsburgh Prompts Protests.”
The fatal shooting this week by an East Pittsburgh, Pa., police officer of an unarmed teenager who was attempting to flee prompted more protests on Thursday and calls for answers from law enforcement officials.
The teenager, Antwon Rose II, 17, was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over because it matched the description of a vehicle that had fled an earlier shooting in which a 22-year-old man was wounded, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a statement.
A video that recorded the fatal shooting on Tuesday night and was posted on Facebook shows two people running from police vehicles as three shots are fired. One of the people, later identified as Antwon, appears to fall to the ground.
The authorities confirmed on Thursday that Antwon was struck three times but did not specify where.
“Why are they shooting?” the woman recording the video says. “All they did was run and they’re shooting at them!”
The Allegheny County Police Department, which is investigating the encounter, said that two firearms were found on the floor of the car. When asked if the 17-year-old was found with a weapon on him, Coleman McDonough, the department’s superintendent, said he was not.
On Thursday, Mike Manko, a spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, confirmed reports that Antwon, while unarmed, had an empty clip of a handgun in his pants pocket at the time he was shot.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday quoted Mayor Louis Payne of East Pittsburgh — a borough in Allegheny County — as saying that the officer who shot Antwon was hired in mid-May and had been formally sworn in hours before the shooting. Mr. Payne told Action News 4 on Thursday that he believed the shooting was the first time in at least 20 years that an East Pittsburgh officer had opened fire.
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