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The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects process

The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects process

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The Newest on the murder trial of a white Pennsylvania police officer within the taking pictures of an unarmed black 17-year-old (all occasions native):

10:30 p.m.

The district lawyer in Pittsburgh says he disagrees with a jury’s choice to acquit a former police officer within the deadly taking pictures of an unarmed black teenager as he ran from a automotive concerned simply minutes earlier in a drive-by taking pictures.

However Stephen Zappala Jr. says it’s the folks of Pennsylvania who determine guilt in legal instances, and “they’ve spoken.”

A jury deliberated fewer than 4 hours Friday earlier than clearing ex-East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld of murder within the taking pictures of Antwon Rose II final 12 months.

Rosfeld’s lawyer referred to as him “a great man.” Through the trial he mentioned the officer feared for his life and needed to make a split-second choice.

Zappala mentioned that within the curiosity of justice, he’ll proceed to carry expenses the place expenses are applicable.

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9:45 p.m.

The household of a black teenager who was shot within the again and killed by a white police officer exterior Pittsburgh remained stoic after the person was acquitted.

Antwon Rose II’s sister had tears streaming down her face after the jury cleared former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld of a murder cost late Friday. Her mom urged her to not cry.

The jury deliberated fewer than 4 hours earlier than reaching its verdict. There have been tears and gasps from black folks gathered in an overflow courtroom, and several other broke out in track: “Antwon Rose was a freedom fighter, and he taught us learn how to combat.”

Rosfeld’s spouse burst out sobbing as the decision was introduced. She and Rosfeld have been hustled out of the courtroom by deputies.

Rosfeld’s lawyer, Patrick Thomassey, advised reporters that Rosfeld is “a great man.”

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9:25 p.m.

A jury has acquitted a white former police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager exterior Pittsburgh.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with murder for killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose II final June. Rose was using in an unlicensed taxi that was concerned in a drive-by taking pictures. Rosfeld pulled the automotive over and shot Rose within the again, arm and aspect of the face as the teenager ran away.

Rosfeld testified that he thought Rose or one other passenger within the automotive had a gun pointed at him.

The jury noticed video of the deadly confrontation. The decision got here Friday after fewer than 4 hours of deliberations.

The taking pictures triggered protests within the Pittsburgh space final 12 months.

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eight:25 p.m.

The jury has reached a verdict within the murder trial of a white former police officer charged with taking pictures an unarmed black teenager as he fled a high-stakes visitors cease exterior Pittsburgh.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld fired on 17-year-old Antwon Rose II final summer season in a killing that sparked weeks of unrest.

Jurors knowledgeable the court docket Friday evening they’ve reached a verdict. They will convict Rosfeld of homicide or manslaughter, or return an acquittal.

The ex-cop shot Rose within the again, arm and aspect of the face after pulling over an unlicensed taxi that had been utilized in a drive-by taking pictures. Rosfeld ordered the motive force to the bottom, however Rose and one other passenger bought out and commenced working away. Rosfeld says he thought one of many suspects was pointing a gun at him.

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5:10 p.m.

A jury has began deliberating within the murder trial of a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black teenager exterior Pittsburgh final summer season.

Jurors bought the case Friday afternoon.

A prosecutor says former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld acted as “choose, jury and executioner” when he killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. Assistant District Lawyer Jonathan Fodi tells jurors that Rose did not need to die.

Protection lawyer Patrick Thomassey says that Rosfeld was justified in taking pictures the fleeing teenager as a result of the officer believed he was in peril.

Rosfeld shot Rose within the again, arm and aspect of the face as he ran from a visitors cease. Rose had been using in a automotive that Rosfeld pulled over as a result of he accurately suspected it was concerned in a drive-by taking pictures.

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four:10 p.m.

Closing arguments have been delivered within the murder trial of a white former police officer charged with killing an unarmed black teenager exterior Pittsburgh final summer season.

A prosecutor says former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld acted as “choose, jury and executioner” when he killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II. Assistant District Lawyer Jonathan Fodi mentioned Friday that Rose did not need to die.

Protection lawyer Patrick Thomassey mentioned in his closing argument that Rosfeld was justified in taking pictures the fleeing teenager as a result of the officer believed he was in peril.

Rosfeld shot Rose within the again, arm and aspect of the face as he ran from a visitors cease. Rose had been using in a automotive that Rosfeld pulled over as a result of he accurately suspected it was concerned in a drive-by taking pictures.

The jury is anticipated to start deliberating Friday.

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1:20 p.m.

An lawyer for the household of Antwon Rose II says a jury ought to conclude that the unarmed black teenager was “murdered” by a white police officer final summer season.

S. Lee Merritt spoke to The Related Press on Friday as closing arguments have been getting underway within the murder trial of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld.

Rosfeld shot Rose within the again, arm and aspect of the face because the 17-year-old ran away from a visitors cease. Rose had been using in a automotive that Rosfeld pulled over as a result of he accurately suspected it was concerned in a drive-by taking pictures.

Rosfeld advised jurors that he thought Rose or one other fleeing suspect had pointed a gun at him. Neither teen had a weapon on him on the time.

Merritt says “it is fairly apparent” Rose was not a risk to Rosfeld.

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11:30 a.m.

The protection has rested its case within the murder trial of a white police officer charged with taking pictures and killing an unarmed black teenager close to Pittsburgh.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld is charged with gunning down 17-year-old Antwon Rose II final summer season.

Rosfeld’s lawyer rested Friday.

Rosfeld testified that he thought Rose had a gun. The protection additionally referred to as a use-of-force knowledgeable who says Rosfeld did nothing mistaken.

The jury will hear closing arguments Friday afternoon after which start deliberating.

Rose was using in a automotive that had been concerned in a drive-by taking pictures. Rosfeld pulled the automotive over and shot Rose within the again as he fled.

One juror, a white lady, was dismissed from the panel Friday and changed with a white man.

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10 a.m.

A choose has lifted a gag order within the trial of a white police officer charged within the on-duty taking pictures of an unarmed black teenager close to Pittsburgh.

Decide Alexander Bicket lifted the gag order he imposed on events within the case Friday on the request of the protection. Protection lawyer Patrick Thomassey says whereas he and prosecutors have abided by the choose’s order, the lawyer for Antwon Rose II’s household has made feedback to the media.

Bicket made his ruling Friday morning.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld is on trial for murder after gunning down the 17-year-old Rose final summer season. Rose was using in a automotive that had been concerned in a drive-by taking pictures. Rosfeld shot him within the again as he fled.

Rosfeld says he thought Rose or one other passenger had a gun.

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1 a.m.

An knowledgeable in police use of power says a former officer did the whole lot by the guide in a deadly encounter with an unarmed black teenager exterior Pittsburgh final summer season.

Retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Clifford W. Jobe Jr. testified for the protection on the murder trial of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, who’s charged with gunning down 17-year-old Antwon Rose II.

Rosfeld fired three bullets into Rose after pulling over an unlicensed taxi that had been utilized in a drive-by taking pictures. Rose, a passenger within the automotive, was shot within the again as he fled.

Jobe advised jurors Thursday that Rosfeld adopted correct process. Prosecutors say Rosfeld gave inconsistent statements concerning the taking pictures, together with whether or not he thought Rose had a gun.

The trial resumes Friday with Jobe again on the stand for cross-examination.


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