Shooting of Antwon Rose Jr.:Parents are suing former officer who fatally shot him.

6 month ago

The parents of Antwon Rose, the 17-year old African-American who was shot on June 19, 2018, by police in East Pittsburgh following a Felony traffic stop are suing the officer's former employer, the University of Pittsburgh for failing to properly discipline him or record performance issues in his personnel file.

the parents filed a lawsuit Monday in Allegheny County, in response to the university's soft approach with the officer.

the parents said the university allowed Officer Michael Rosfeld to resign quietly without putting any notice in his personnel file that there had been issues with at least one arrest. Rosfeld was hired as a university police officer in 2012, was suspended in December 2017, and resigned a few weeks later in January.

Rose was unarmed when he was shot in the arm, face, and back as he fled, he died later at a hospital.

On June 26, Rosfeld, 30, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide, after detectives stated that there were inconsistencies in the officer's testimony. Rosfeld was released on bail by the district judges overseeing the case and according to authorities appeared remorseful during interviews.

Rose was the first person killed by the East Pittsburgh Police Department since at least 2015. it was reported that in the United States in the same period, 23 percent of those killed by police officers and 36 percent of all unarmed persons killed, had been black.