Identity & Justice

The identity and justice desk explores how the makeup of the Pittsburgh community is changing, and digs into issues of diversity and equity.

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The local branch of the NAACP held a town hall in Rankin Friday evening to call for consistent policies across the 120 municipal police departments in the Pittsburgh area, following last week's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose by a police officer.

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State Attorney General Josh Shapiro plans to file an objection Monday to the state Supreme Court over its decision not to release a sweeping grand jury report on child abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

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Ten days ago, on June 19, East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld pulled over a car he suspected was connected to an earlier drive-by shooting. Two of the car's occupants fled the vehicle, and Rosfeld opened fire, killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. 

Rose was unarmed. 

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Protesters gathered in East Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon, pressuring borough officials to take action and responsibility in the wake of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose at the hands of one of its officers. 

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More than 1,500 juveniles have been arrested in the City of Pittsburgh since August 2016, accounting for 7.4 percent of all arrests in the city during that time. 

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Allegheny County officials say local TV stations have failed in their reporting on the officer-involved shooting death of Antwon Rose. Rose was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld last week as he fled a car that had been pulled over.

Allegheny County District Attorney / AP

East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide.

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Allegheny County Police said Tuesday afternoon that a juvenile will be charged in connection with a drive-by shooting that preceded the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose last week.

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On Tuesday morning, the day after hundreds mourned for 17-year-old Antwon Rose, protests resumed, holding up the morning commute downtown.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Hundreds gathered for the funeral for 17-year-old Antwon Rose at Woodland Hills Intermediate School Monday. Rose was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer last Tuesday after running away from a car that had been stopped by police. 

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Funeral services are being held Monday for a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer when he fled a traffic stop in Pennsylvania last week.

Kathleen Davis / 90.5 WESA

Updated at 12:33 a.m.

More than 200 demonstrators marched through the South Side on Saturday, marking the fourth consecutive night of protests following the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. at the hands of suburban police.

Officer Left University Job After Case There Dropped

Jun 23, 2018
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A Pennsylvania police officer who fired the shots that killed a teenager fleeing a traffic stop left his previous job with a university police force about a month after prosecutors dropped a case against three men he'd filed charges against.

East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld, who officials say shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. on Tuesday, worked for the University of Pittsburgh police until early this year, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Saturday.

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Saturday marked the fourth day of demonstrations in Pittsburgh to protest the killing of an unarmed, black 17-year-old.

Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld on Tuesday night while fleeing a traffic stop. Many are calling for criminal charges to be brought against Rosfeld -- sentiments that were on display during Saturday's Juneteenth parade to celebrate the end of slavery.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Protesters demonstrated Friday for a third day over the fatal police shooting in Pennsylvania of an unarmed black teen fleeing a traffic stop as they sought to get the attention of a nation engrossed by the immigration debate, and to pressure officials to charge the officer.

Hundreds of marchers chanting "Who did this? The police did this" shut down a Pittsburgh area highway in the early morning hours, and a small group staged a sit-in outside the district attorney's office later in the day.

Keith Srakocic / AP

Sorrow, unrest and anger drove Pittsburghers into the streets this week in grief and solidarity following the shooting deaths of two young black men, Antwon Rose and Jimmy Wopo, as well as a border patrol policy that's left thousands of children stranded far away from their immigrant parents.

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

Demonstrators shut down the Parkway East for more than five hours Thursday night, backing up traffic for miles while protesting the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose at the hands of a police officer.

Katie Blackley

Protesters crowded into a downtown Pittsburgh city block Thursday, calling for answers in the wake of 17-year-old Antwon Rose's death. Rose was shot and killed by a police officer in the suburb of East Pittsburgh Tuesday as he fled a traffic stop.

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A 17-year-old boy fatally shot by a police officer in Pennsylvania seconds after he fled a traffic stop did not pose a threat to anyone, a lawyer for the family of the teen said.

*This post was updated at 3:04 p.m.

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Protesters packed Pittsburgh’s Sixth Presbyterian Church Wednesday night to denounce the Trump administration’s family separation policy, which has resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their families after their parents were detained for attempting to illegally enter the U.S.

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A nine month-long FBI wiretap investigation resulted in the indictments of 28 Western Pennsylvania residents Wednesday morning. According to officials, they were members or associates of the West End gang "GBK" -- the Greenway Block Killers.

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Pennsylvania's highest court is holding up the public release of a grand jury report expected to reveal details of widespread sexual abuse, dating back decades, by Roman Catholic priests in six dioceses across the state.

The Supreme Court didn't explain the reasons for its order, released Wednesday.

The court says the grand jury supervisory judge and the state attorney general's office can't release the report without its permission.

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Some Pennsylvania State Police troopers are now wearing body cameras as part of a federally funded six-month pilot program. Select troopers from Troop B in Uniontown, Troop J in Avondale and Troop T in Somerset underwent special training before being deployed with the cameras.

Katie Meyer

After staging demonstrations for the past six consecutive Mondays, the Pennsylvania chapter of the national Poor People’s Campaign has ended its extended residency in the state Capitol rotunda.

The Poor People's Campaign consists of a group of liberal activists who champion social and economic equality, in addition to extended voting rights and other causes.

In those six weeks of protesting, they chalked up 76 “civil disobedience” arrests. Nationwide, the group has reported more than 2,000 in total.

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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Ohio's voter registration law in a 5-4 ruling Monday that loosens restrictions on how and when the state can purge its voter rolls. Proponents of the law argue it keeps their record books cleaner, while voting rights activists argue it punishes registered voters for not exercising that right, and disproportionally removes minority and Democratic names.

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Pittsburgh's civic, corporate and community leaders spoke out against domestic violence Thursday at the fourth annual Father's Day pledge. The event was an initiative of Southwest PA Says No More, a coalition of organizations that fight against harassment and assault.

Kristy Trautmann, executive director of the FISA Foundation, says this year has been unprecedented for women coming forward and sharing experiences of assault. The local organization advocates for the rights of women, girls and people with disabilities.

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The remains of four Native American children who died over 100 years ago at the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania were being disinterred Thursday so they can start the long journey home.

Bebeto Matthews / AP

Local health and social justice experts say the recent criminalization of condom possession discourages sex workers from practicing safe sex and could lead to a broader public health problem.

Marc Levy / AP

A renewed push for legislation to abolish Pennsylvania's statute of limitations in sex abuse cases will follow the publication of a sweeping grand jury report on allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups within six Roman Catholic dioceses around the state, a lawmaker said Tuesday.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, said he will be prepared to seek a vote in the state House of Representatives on legislation that carries provisions sought by victims.

Jacqueline Larma / AP

Democratic lawmakers are advocating a number of changes to Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination laws.

The moves come in the wake of an allegedly racially-motivated incident at a York County Golf Course in late April.

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