Sovereign Cops Only Follow the Law of the Jungle in Corporate Police State. From [HERE] and [HERE] An unarmed 17-year-old Black boy was shot and killed by the East Pittsburgh police on Tuesday night as he tried to flee a traffic stop, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
The teenager, Antwon Rose II, was a passenger in a car that had been pulled over because it matched the description of a vehicle that fled an earlier shooting in which a 22-year-old man was wounded, the Allegheny County Police Department said in a statement.
A video that recorded the fatal shooting and was posted on Facebook shows two people running from police vehicles as three shots are fired. One of the people, later identified as the 17-year-old, falls to the ground after getting shot in the back.
“Why are they shooting at him?” the woman recording the video says. “All they did was run and they’re shooting at them!”
The Allegheny County Police Department, which is investigating the encounter, said that two firearms were found on the floor of the car. However, police found the guns after the shooting was over. The location of the guns in the car or proximity to the passengers was not disclosed. When asked if the teenager was found with a weapon on his person, Coleman McDonough, the department’s superintendent, said he was not. No police saw him with a gun at any time.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday quoted Mayor Louis Payne of East Pittsburgh as saying that the officer who shot Antwon was hired in mid-May and had been formally sworn in hours before the shooting.
In a statement on Wednesday night, S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing Antwon’s family, said: “We know that he was not armed at the time he was shot down, that he posed no immediate threat to anyone, and that, significantly, the driver of the vehicle he occupied was released from police custody.”
The traffic stop on Tuesday that led to the deadly shooting occurred after multiple 911 calls earlier in the night reported a shooting in North Braddock, Pa., that had wounded a 22-year-old man in the abdomen, the police said. He was treated at a trauma center and later released.
Investigators said a gunman in a passing vehicle had fired nine .40-caliber rounds at the 22-year-old, who returned fire.
The 911 callers provided a description of a vehicle they saw fleeing the scene, the police said, and an East Pittsburgh officer saw a similar vehicle, a silver Chevrolet Cruze that appeared to have ballistics damage to its rear window.
“I’m very confident that that was the vehicle involved in the shooting,” Superintendent McDonough said.
The officer stopped the car at 8:40 p.m. and took the driver into custody.
“While he was putting the driver into handcuffs, two other occupants ran from the car,” the Allegheny County police said. An East Pittsburgh officer started shooting, striking the 17-year-old “several times.”
The teenager was taken to U.P.M.C. McKeesport hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:19 p.m., Superintendent McDonough said.
“We believe he was hit three times,” he added. “He was hit in various places on his body.”
The driver of the car was later released after being interviewed.
“At the time we did not feel that charging was called for,” Superintendent McDonough said.
The police are still searching for the second person who ran from the officers. Superintendent McDonough asked that he turn himself in “so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred this evening,” the police statement said.
The officer who shot the teenager has been placed on administrative leave, officials said.
Under Pennsylvania law police are "justified in using deadly force only when [the officer] believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself or such other person, or when he believes both that:
- (i) such force is necessary to prevent the arrest from being defeated by resistance or escape; and
- (ii) the person to be arrested has committed or attempted a forcible felony or is attempting to escape and possesses a deadly weapon, or otherwise indicates that he will endanger human life or inflict serious bodily injury unless arrested without delay."
Here, however, no particularized facts concerning Rose were present as cops never saw him possess a weapon and had no individualized articulable suspicion that he had committed any crime - as they had no facts that he had done anything other than sit in the car.