Unarmed Teen Shot, Killed by Police as He Was Running Away in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — June 22, 2018
A police officer killed an unarmed black teen, as he was running away from him.
According to witnesses, the young boy Antwon Rose, 17, was shot three times and killed after he and another passenger fled from a car stopped by police in East Pittsburgh.
Later two semi-automatic handguns were found on the floor of suspect’s car. According to County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough, police officers believed their lives were in danger
When the officers turned their guns on them, the passengers jumped out of the car and tried to sprint away from officers.
One of the witnesses recorded a cellphone video which shows the incident in full. It has contributed to local outrage as it shows an officer firing his weapon into the suspect’s back as he tried to sprint away from the officers.
Both figures were hidden from view behind a home at the conclusion of the video.
"Why are they shooting at him? ... All they did was run," a voice off camera says.
“That officer didn’t try to chase them or taze them. He just shot that boy for running,” witnesses said. “I looked out my kitchen window and they were putting him in handcuffs. He wasn’t moving. I think that boy died right there on the side of my house.”
East Pittsburgh residents began to protest while authorities asked for more time to complete an investigation.
"While we await more details of what happened, it appears through the cell phone video that the victim was running away from the police. Our heart breaks for the family of the victim, and we express our deepest condolences to them," said Reggie Shuford, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.
The officer’s name involved in the shooting has not been released by authorities.
"The Officer seems to have disregarded the basic humanity of this boy when they chose to use lethal force" Shuford added.