East Pittsburgh Planning To Dissolve Police Dept In Wake Of Antwon Rose Shooting

East Pittsburgh Borough Council President Dennis Simon said the council's vote is expected to be held in September.

Pittsburgh, PA The East Pittsburgh Borough Council has paved the way to dissolving the boroughs police department in the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of Antwon Rose.

We met with the other communities, we gave them our budget numbers and how much we can afford and how many police we need, things like that, East Pittsburgh Borough Council President Dennis Simon told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Theyre going over those numbers as we speak.

Simon said the borough had been considering disbanding the East Pittsburgh police department for years, and that they hope to hold a vote on the issue as early as September.

We dont want any more children being killed by police officers, resident Erica Yesko told the council on Tuesday. We want you to listen to us.

I agree, Simon responded. I think we listen more than you think, but were going to listen even more now.

Simon said the borough is considering which neighboring department would take over the jurisdiction if the council votes to disband the police force. A merger or a consolidation are also being considered.

The announcement 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, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

The residents also pushed for updated police policies, and several referred to the council as the KKK.

"You don't have to deal with this. You don't have to live in brown skin," resident Dawn Macon told the board.

"I cannot sit here crying because this boy was dead and my little kids were hurt and now they're terrified," longtime resident Ashley Cannon said. "They're terrified because a cop shot a black boy our kids are scared of the cops what are we supposed to do?

Wilkinsburg Council Vice President Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson said that the East Pittsburgh Police Department needed to have a black police chief, and should implement racial bias training for the department.

"This would never happen in Wilkinsburg," McCarthy-Johnson boasted.

Many members of the community also demanded that East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld be fired from his position in the wake of Roses death.

Rose, 17, had participated in a drive-by shooting just minutes before the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over by Officer Rosfeld on June 19.

Officer Rosfeld told investigators that he shot Rose after the teen jumped out of the suspect vehicle and turned his hand toward the officer, according to court documents.

Officer Rosfeld said he saw something dark in Roses hand, but that he was not sure what it was, the court documents read.

The officer fired his weapon at Rose, hitting him three times.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala denounced Officer Rosfeld during a June 27 press conference and said that he planned to argue that the officer be charged with first-degree murder.

Much of the information Zappala referenced as justification for the criminal homicide charge against Officer Rosfeld was related to evidence uncovered long after the officers split-second decision to fire his weapon facts Officer Rosfeld had no way of knowing prior to the fatal shooting.

Zappala said that there was no justification for the officers decision to fire his weapon at the teen, due in part to investigators later finding that Rose had not been the actual shooter in a drive-by that preceded Officer Rosfelds decision to stop the vehicle, although he was with the shooter at the time of the shooting.

Federal case law allowa for officers to shoot fleeing drive-by shooting suspects as long as there's probable cause that they were involved in the crime and the officer gave a warning, if feasible.

At the hospital, homicide detectives found an empty 9mm Glock magazine in Roses front right pocket, according to the complaint.

A stolen .40-caliber handgun was recovered from beneath Roses seat, Zappala said. He confirmed it was the weapon used in the North Braddock attack, and said it has also been tied to three or four other crimes.

A stolen 9mm handgun, which police located under the drivers seat, had not been fired during either of the June 19 shootings, according to Zappala.

Zappala said that Rose posed no risk of harm to the officer or others because he was later found to be unarmed. He noted that Rose also raised his hands prior to fleeing.

Another passenger in the vehicle, 17-year-old Zaijuan Hester, was responsible for the North Braddock drive-by shooting, Zappala said.

The prosecutor refused to comment about why Rose was in the vehicle with Hester.

Officer Rosfeld, 30, was placed on paid administrative leave following the incident, and was later charged with criminal homicide.

His arraignment was held on Aug. 22 and a pre-trial hearing date was set for Sept. 7.

Officer Rosfeld was not present at the courthouse on Wednesday, and remains on house arrest with an ankle monitor pending his trial, WTAE reported.

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bigmke
bigmke

This is the most asinine self preserving reaction by any jurisdictional functioning body Ive ever seen. They are merely looking out for their own behind by severing ties with the only means of protection afforded to the population. They are willing to distance themselves from law enforcement at the cost of public safety to pacify the liberal tidal wave. The indemnity they prefer to hide behind should be widened to include all municipal branches which would eliminate the need for the administrative committee on which they park their lazy behinds.

rover77
rover77

give them what they want ....to the hilt

Mrs10
Mrs10

"I cannot sit here crying because this boy was dead and my little kids were hurt and now they're terrified," longtime resident Ashley Cannon said. "They're terrified because a cop shot a black boy our kids are scared of the cops what are we supposed to do?

Teach the kids right from wrong, respect for authority, and to listen to officers. Teach them to not be involved in gangs. Teach them that actions have consequences and that breaking the law is never a good idea. Teach them that cops are men and women who try daily to protect and serve, even under extremely dangerous conditions. And teach them not to believe, as hard fact, everything they read online. To seek the truth even when that's not a popular thing to do.

Do those things and they will respect, not fear, cops.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

These same council members and their constituents should also not receive Fire and EMS services...

And all of them should respond to domestic violence, etc., calls personally...

Also, avoid going anywhere near East Pittsburgh...

Dpatrick
Dpatrick

Sooner or later there will be no more police shootings because there will be no more police. Once they are Harassed and sued out of existence, we will all be left to our own lawless lives.