Nearly six months after Pittsburgh police Officer Michael H. Rosfeld shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, he still has not been fired. His parents are now filing a lawsuit.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The lawsuit, filed Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court by Antwon’s mother, Michelle Kenney, and father, Antwon Rose Sr., alleges negligence and misrepresentation or nondisclosure and seeks financial compensation.”
The lawsuit is against the University of Pittsburgh, which is where Rosfeld previously worked. The lawsuit claims the university did not properly punish Rosfeld when he was involved in another incident.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports he was employed by the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and “suspended in December 2017, two days after he arrested three men at the Garage Door Saloon on Atwood Street in Oakland. There was a scuffle at the bar the night of Dec. 9, and Officer Rosfeld arrived and charged Jacob Schilling, Timothy Riley and Daniel Humphrey with simple assault, defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.”
All of the charges were dropped. District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. claimed the charges were withdrawn because the video evidence wasn’t sufficient. However, “the owner of the Garage Door Bar alleged that the charges were withdrawn at the behest of Mr. Humphrey’s mother, Kathy Humphrey, the university’s senior vice chancellor for engagement and secretary of the board of trustees.”
If Rosfeld had been properly punished, he arguably would not have became a police officer for the city of Pittsburgh.
On June 19, just hours after he was sworn in as an officer, Rosfeld fatally shot Rose. During a traffic stop, officers, including Rosfeld, claimed they were investigating a nearby shooting. The driver, Rose and one other person were in the car. The driver was arrested. The other passenger escaped, but was arrested on June 26. Rose allegedly ran and was shot in the back three times. As for the nearby shooting to which officers were responding, investigators confirmed Rose was not involved in the incident.
We hope the family of Antwon Rose gets justice.