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US Settlement reached in Antwon Rose wrongful death lawsuit

23:00  01 november  2019
23:00  01 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The family of Antwon Rose is suing East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld and the borough, claiming excessive deadly force in their son's death

The family of Antwon Rose II has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against former police officer Michael Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an attorney says.

a screen shot of a boy: Antwon Rose was shot and killed by a police officer.© Facebook Antwon Rose was shot and killed by a police officer.

"The parties have settled the matter amicably" for an undisclosed amount, said Fred Rabner, an attorney for the Rose family. "It has been a great honor working towards achieving justice for the family and supporters of Antwon Rose II."

The suit sought at least $1 million for alleged use of excessive force and unspecified damages to pay for medical bills, funeral expenses, and legal fees.

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The verdict in the death of Antwon Rose II came after a four-day trial in downtown Pittsburgh and less than four hours of jury deliberation. The city had been concerned about protests and had cordoned off streets around the massive, gothic Allegheny County Courthouse during the trial.

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CNN's calls to attorneys representing Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh were not immediately returned.

In March, a jury found Rosfeld not guilty in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Rose in June 2018. His family sued, alleging Rose's civil rights were violated when Rosfeld used "excessive and deadly force" against him.

Rose was unarmed when he was shot three times after he ran during a traffic stop, according to the criminal complaint.

A witness to the shooting captured it on video that was posted on Facebook.

The suit also claimed East Pittsburgh "maintained a policy and custom of failing to properly screen, train, supervise, discipline, transfer, counsel or otherwise control officers" who are known to engage in excessive force." The suit said the East Pittsburgh Police Department had no proper policy or training on a litany of topics, including de-escalation tactics and the discharge of firearms, and did not have any "disciplinary or investigatory procedures to address alleged wrongdoing and complaints against officers."

Rosfeld faced one criminal homicide charge, but the jury was instructed to consider additional charges of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. After hearing three-and-half days of testimony, the jury deliberated four hours and found him not guilty on all counts.


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