PITTSBURGH — Attorneys for former police officer Michael Rosfeld are responding to a lawsuit filed against him by the family of Antwon Rose.
Rosfeld was found not guilty in March of criminal homicide in the death of 17-year-old Rose, who was shot and killed in June 2018 as he ran from a traffic stop. The car was pulled over in East Pittsburgh following a drive-by shooting minutes earlier in North Braddock.
Despite being acquitted, Rosfeld still faces the federal civil lawsuit that claims Rose’s civil rights were ignored.
Rosfeld’s attorneys are responding, saying in court documents that shots were fired in response to Rose extending his arm toward Rosfeld in a way that caused him to believe a firearm was being pointed at him.
Fred Rabner, an attorney for Rose’s family, disputes the claims made by Rosfeld’s attorneys.
“There is no evidence that Antwon Rose II had done anything in the criminal nature,” Rabner said.
A separate civil suit against East Pittsburgh has drawn the following response from the borough:
- Antwon Rose's family files federal lawsuit against East Pittsburgh, Officer Rosfeld, others
- Judge rules on what can, cannot be discussed in Michael Rosfeld trial
- Teen involved in drive-by shooting before Antwon Rose was shot pleads guilty
- 12 jurors, 4 alternates chosen for trial of former officer charged in Antwon Rose's death
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