Antwon Rose's family says East Pittsburgh officer was aggressive
Kyle Fogarty shows a memorial card after leaving the funeral for Antwon Rose Jr. on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Swissvale, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(Pittsburgh) — Relatives of Antwon Rose say they are “seeking the justice they so deserve” as a white police officer goes on trial in Pittsburgh in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager.
A statement released by family attorney Fred Rabner says Michael Rosfeld was “hair-triggered” and “overly aggressive” when he killed the 17-year-old high school student during a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh last year.
Rosfeld is charged with homicide. His lawyers have said he thought someone in the unlicensed taxicab that Rose was riding in had pulled a gun on him.
Rabner represents the family in a wrongful death suit against Rosfeld, the borough and its mayor and police chief.
The family statement says Rosfeld’s service weapon “left an irreparable hole in their collective souls.”