Pittsburgh Mayor Wants To Make Currently-Justified Shootings Illegal

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the jury's acquittal of the officer in the Antwon Rose case made him sick.

Pittsburgh, PA – The mayor of Pittsburgh shared his feelings about the jury’s verdict in the Antwon Rose shooting case on Tuesday when he proposed a change to the law.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was on his first vacation away from the city since 2011 when the verdict came in on Friday evening, WTAE reported.

A jury determined on March 22 that former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was not guilty of all charges stemming from the fatal officer-involved shooting of Antwon Rose II.

The announcement was made at 9:03 p.m. after just four hours of deliberations, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I was on the other side of the world on Friday and sick to my stomach when the verdict came in," Peduto said.

Then the mayor called for changes to Pennsylvania law regarding police officers’ use of deadly force, WTAE reported.

Currently, police officers can legally shoot fleeing suspects when there is probable cause that they have committed a serious violent crime and the officer reasonably believes that they pose a serious threat if they escape.

The mayor isn't happy about that.

"When an actor is fleeing the scene and unarmed, the use of force needs to be reevaluated in determining what is reasonable and what is not," Peduto said. "Law is law, justice is justice. They're two separate characteristics, and laws should be based on justice."

The shooting happened June 19 as then-officer Michael Rosfeld located a vehicle matching the description of a car that was involved in a drive-by shooting.

The gold Chevrolet Cruze had a shattered rear window and was riddled with bullet holes, according to CNN.

Suspects in the vehicle were reported to have fired 10-12 shots during the drive-by shooting just 20 minutes earlier.

After Officer Rosfeld stopped the vehicle, 17-year-old Rose and 17-year-old Zaijuan Hester, both passengers, jumped out of the car and started to run.

The officer said that one of the suspects had a dark object which he perceived as a gun, but he wasn't sure. He responded by firing three shots in their direction in less than 1 second.

Rose was fatally hit by Officer Rosfeld's bullets.

The investigation determined that Rose did not have a gun on him when he was shot, but he had gunshot residue on his hands, an empty magazine in his pocket, and a stolen gun was located under his seat in the car. The stolen gun was linked to numerous other crimes in the area.

Witnesses said that Officer Rosfeld was extremely distraught after the shooting.

The incident kicked off mass protests with accusations of racism because Officer Rosfeld is white, and Rose was black.

Sixty to 80 protesters, some masked, surrounded Officer Rosfeld's home after his identity was released.

After more protests, the officer was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and he was placed on unpaid leave.

The East Pittsburgh Police Department was then completely dissolved under community pressure, which resulted in Officer Rosfeld losing his job along with other officers.

“We don’t want any more children being killed by police officers,” a resident told the council in August.

The announcement about the fate of the department came just a month after approximately 50 residents showed up at another council meeting and demanded that that the mayor and five borough council members resign and referred to them as the KKK, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Following Rosfeld's acquittal, the Rose family attorney responded that it's not acceptable for a police officer to shoot somebody in the back if they are a felony suspect and intend to harm others, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The charges the jury received today and deliberated on made it seem OK to shoot an unarmed fleeing suspect in the back.”

The law literally says that police officers can shoot fleeing felony suspects who pose a serious risk to others.

The mayor of Pittsburgh thanked all the police officers who have been working long shifts to keep the city safe, and complimented the protesters on their demonstrations, WTAE reported.

"The organizers and the leaders have been meeting on a consistent basis with Pittsburgh police and Pittsburgh Public Safety in order to help us understand what their activities would be," Peduto said.

He brushed off concerns about the protesters entering and demonstrating in businesses in some neighborhoods.

"I think we first have to remember that in the civil rights movement, it was the protesters that went into restaurants and did sit-downs that then led to voters' rights and civil rights, and that there's a history in this country of protesters going into businesses," Peduto said. "Secondly, there were zero 911 calls from the businesses themselves. Not one business called and said there was a disturbance in which people needed to be removed. And third, many of the businesses, particularly in East Liberty and Shadyside, welcomed the protesters and the staff. The employees themselves joined in on the protest."

But not all of the activists were peaceful in the wake of the verdict.

Hours after the acquittal, a gunman opened fire at the office of Rosfeld's attorney, according to WKBN. Several bullet holes were found in the building. Nobody was injured in the shooting.

Comments (33)
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Moktor48
Moktor48

No, that's good. Dissolve a PD and do not enforce ANY laws there. It would make for a good experiment on the importance of law enforcement.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Police should just walk away -- let these Morons take care of themselves ~ and when most of them are Dead from each other then the dumb asses will be happy !

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This Mayor is a fuckin joke. As for the boy who got shot, my condolences to the family, but when will you start taking responsibility for your kids actions? And by that I’m saying stop the “he was innocent” play on character because you know he wasn’t. And as for the spineless chickenshit “masked” protestors, stay home if you are worried about your identity. Walk like a duck, RUN LIKE A DUCK, YOU A FUCKIN DUCK!!!! Empty magazine in his pocket and gun residue on his hands, matching car with bullet holes too? Yeah, definately a DUCK!

cspcapt
cspcapt

Tell the mayor to do his homework,the US Supreme Court has spoken in this.if he doesn't like it move to Iran

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

That mayor sounds like a complete fool. Pass that law and he won't have a police force at all.

Digger15108
Digger15108

Stop patrolling these shitty neighborhoods. Make them clean it up themselves. Tired of this bullshit that he was a good boy. Your fucking kids are thugs, face it. Keep your legs together. That pussy ain’t no clown car. Wanna have kids, raise them, start parenting. 7 kids all with different last names. That’s where the bullshit starts. As for Mayor Potato, he’s as useless as tits on a plow.

stooge819
stooge819

If the kid was home reading or watching television he'd be alive.

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

“A jury found him not guilty”. We don’t need this mayor’s Marxist opinion. Our justice system worked just fine in this case.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The mayor doesn't seem to care about all the victims that the deceased left in his wake before being put down like the dog he was.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

This guys an idiot. Why does just do away with all the cops. No backbone, spineless weasel

Gramercy
Gramercy

"Children" involved in a "drive-by" are not the sweet, innocent "children" the mayor may want us to perceive. Run from police, pay the price! I am pleased by the verdict, dumbfounded by the mayor, and in agreement with "Jetpilot" above!

LAW169
LAW169

GSR on hands, empty mag in pocket, stolen gun under his seat used in shootings, and yet the officer was charged??? At least the jury was smarter than a Marxist 1st Grader.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

The heartsick mayor needs to put his body armor on, strap on his gear belt draw a vehicle and hit the street a a sector unit on “Dogwatch” when he’s gotten a few yrs on duty, then he can suggest changes to the law.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Good luck hiring and retaining officers.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?!?! Is this mayor a Mr. Potato Head?? This kid was a thug!! The jury got it right!! The protesters are wrong!!! Stop giving in to the thug and victim mentality of these low IQ fools!! They are ruining our country!!!

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Sick to your stomach???

Another brain dead, self serving piece of sh— politician.

This brave Officer got it right

The coward was trying not to get arrested so he can continue his reign of violence

Hey asshole mayor you go out and stop a bullit riddled car Just involved in a shooting!!!!

All officers would have done the same

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, liberal politician hard at work. 👎🤔

Marine1958
Marine1958

They need to firebomb these neighborhoods and then the rats will be gone. Future of America right here. Welcome to the 3rd world of minority rule...

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Mayors like this is what makes me sick to my stomach

floridacop
floridacop

the mayor must understand that if he is able to change the law then when a kid, pregnant mom, family gets killed because a felon is running then he should be held accountable (the mayor and thug)

BuddyA
BuddyA

Bad news for you Mr. Mayor. The shooting of a fleeing violent criminal IS JUSTICE.

OldVet
OldVet

Mr. Mayor, hopefully he did not shoot earlier at someone you love.

Wolfpackleader
Wolfpackleader

Good riddance. The officer should have received a medal for ridding the world of this trash.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the jury's acquittal of the officer in the Antwon Rose case made him sick."

Take some Tums Bill Peduto ....otherwise most people don't give a crap that it makes you sick. We are satisfied that the perp and the situation was resolved ...for ever.

Albert2
Albert2

Hey here is an idea let's all just take a nice month long vacation. I'm sure libtard mayors, city council members, and BLM groups can pick up the slack. And when we return well rested and tan most of the problems would have solved themselves. Win....win

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

As any private citizen, he's entitled to his opinion, and is more than welcome to inform his police chief that he doesn't want officers in his city to follow the law. Let him deal with the backlash.

However, this occurred in a different municipality, and it's grossly inappropriate for him to be commenting on what occurs in other towns. Would he like it if other elected officials criticized how Pittsburgh PD operated? Or how they think he should be governing his municipality? He should worry about his town, and keep his opinions on the actions of law enforcement to himself, unless they fall within his jurisdiction.

While I do think most places don't permit you to shoot a fleeing suspect in the back, the law is currently the law in Pa: and this "victim" wasn't an innocent bystander that many people are making him out to be. People seem to forget that minor detail....

Buffrat
Buffrat

This guy is a typical east coast leftist asshole. Not only that but stupid. What Mayor goes out of the country on vacation when a jury trial of this significance is underway? If there were riots, what was he going to do, phone in his instructions to the police and city staff? I don't normally wish anyone ill, even stupid Socialist's, but I do hope in the future that an incident like this happens again but this time the dirtballs run into his house. Then we'll see him on the evening news crying that the police should have shot him before he got to his house.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Don't want any more children killed by police officers???,I suggest that you give them a better upbringing ,just maybe they would not be turned to a life of crime by having gangbanging friends ....Be a parent...Not an enabler.