The mother of an unarmed black teen who was fatally shot by a white police officer said the cop’s acquittal Friday “isn’t what I hoped for, but it’s what I expected.”
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Michelle Kenney said she won’t stop speaking up after her son Antwon Rose II’s death last June, and the family will continue their legal battle.
“I hope that man never sleeps at night,” Kenney told the Post-Gazette. “I hope he gets as much sleep as I do, which is none.”
Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld fatally shot Rose in the back, arm and side of the face as the 17-year-old fled from an unlicensed taxi that Rosfeld had pulled over following a drive-by shooting.
A jury acquitted Rosfeld of homicide charges Friday after less than four hours of deliberation following four days of trial. During the trial, the jury saw video of the fatal shooting that became public shortly after the incident and contributed to unrest in Pittsburgh in the following days.
Rose’s family’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt, said Friday that he and the family would keep seeking justice for the teen.
“It will have to be challenged, in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. It will have to continue to be challenged on a federal level,” Merritt told reporters, according to CNN.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Ryan W. Miller