'Pittsburgh, PA — An extremely disturbing video was shared with the Free Thought Project last year which showed Allegheny County Police Officer Michael Rosfeld in East Pittsburgh shoot and kill a 17-year-old boy, Antwon Rose, as he ran away from a traffic stop on foot. The boy was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped by police. A year has passed, and the family has settled with the city for $2 million — the maximum amount of money East Pittsburgh is allowed to pay.
According to the New York Times, while family lawyer S. Lee Merritt acknowledged that Antwon’s family “wasn’t particularly happy” with the settlement, “it was the most the city could do,” noting that $2 million was the maximum that East Pittsburgh could pay under its insurance policy.
“The goal for the lawsuit was to come up with a figure that would cause police officers in the East Pittsburgh area to think before they pull the trigger and force the city to consider better training,” Merritt acknowledged.
After the settlement was announced, a judge dismissed the family’s lawsuit with prejudice, meaning that Antwon’s family will not be allowed to refile the same lawsuit again in the future.
Despite Rosfeld shooting Rose in the back three times as he ran away on video, he was acquitted on all charges earlier this year.
As TFTP reported at the time, according to police, they responded to calls of a shooting in the neighborhood of North Braddock. When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man who’d been shot and witnesses reported a vehicle fleeing the scene.
“At approximately 8:20 PM, County 9-1-1 received multiple calls reporting that shots were fired and that a male had been shot in the 800 block of Kirkpatrick Avenue,” police said. “Callers reported that a vehicle was seen fleeing the scene, and were able to provide a description of that vehicle. North Braddock Police and paramedics responded and found a 22-year-old male who had been shot. He was been transported to a local trauma center where he was treated and released.”
Police then found a vehicle fitting the description of the car which allegedly fled the scene, so they pulled over the driver. As police were placing the driver into handcuffs, Antwon and another person exited the vehicle and took off running. This decision would prove to be fatal for the 17 year old.
For no reason, police then opened fire on the two fleeing suspects. The 17-year-old boy was shot in the back and he immediately fell to the ground.
After two shots are heard, the person recording the video gasps and can be heard saying, “why are they shooting at him? … Why are they shooting? All they did was run and they’re shooting at them?”
Read more: Family Gets $2 Million After Cop Murdered Unarmed Child on Video As He Ran Away
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