• State legislators unveil new policing legislation in Pittsburgh

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    PITTSBURGH - State lawmakers are teaming up to try to prevent officer-involved shootings in light of the death of Antwon Rose

    Rose was shot and killed by East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld during a traffic stop on June 19. Rosfeld is charged with homicide. Jury selection is set for Feb. 26. 

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    Following Rose's death and other incidents across the state and nation, the group started working on the legislation. 

    Several lawmakers met in downtown Pittsburgh Thursday to unveil a proposal for policing.

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    Several bills will be introduced in the weeks to come; each aimed at improving police and community relations.


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    The legislation presented by a handful of state lawmakers from our region said they want to prevent officer-involved shootings and tense relationships between police and the community.

    The bills would impact municipal departments.  They would involve enhancing cultural awareness training, enabling more transparency in hiring officers, and establishing a uniform policy on deadly force. They would also require a special prosecutor in cases of deadly force.

    “We ain’t here to point fingers, but all of us have an obligation to help save a life and if we’re going to do that it’s not just us, it’s for all of us. We’ve gotta come together and say our mission, our duty, is to improve police-community relations and if we do that, we can have a better society,” state Rep. Ed Gainey said.

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