source: The National Memo
published: 27 June 2018
A white police officer, Michael Rosfeld, was charged Wednesday with criminal homicide in the fatal shooting last week of an unarmed black teenager who fled a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Investigators say Rosfeld gave inconsistent statements about whether he saw a gun in the teen’s hand. Authorities have said Antwon Rose Jr. and another teen fled after being pulled over on suspicion they were involved in a drive-by shooting. Rose was shot three times, leading to protests around Pittsburgh.
Some other high-profile cases in recent years in which police were charged with shootings of black people:
— Chicago: Marco Proano was sentenced to five years in prison for using excessive force after shooting at a stolen car in 2013, injuring two black teenagers.
— North Charleston, South Carolina: After killing 50-year-old Walter Scott in 2015, Officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in December 2017.
— Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati Police Officer Raymond Tensing was tried twice for murder after killing Samuel DuBose, whom he pulled over for driving without a front license plate in 2015. The jury was hung both times, and the charges were dismissed. Tensing received $350,000 from the University of Cincinnati when he agreed to resign.