Four arrested in Pittsburgh as protest
calls for justice after police shooting
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[June 23, 2018]
(Reuters) - A largely peaceful
protest in Pittsburgh grew tense on Friday when demonstrators, demanding
justice for an unarmed black teenager who was killed by a policeman,
blocked traffic and were confronted by police in riot gear, media
Police made four arrests during the hours-long demonstration that wound
through the streets of the Steel City as hundreds of protesters blocked
intersections and major thoroughfares, disrupting rush-hour and
Friday-night traffic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a CNN affiliate
Protesters have taken to the streets nightly this week since Antwon
Rose, 17, was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he
ran from a vehicle after it was stopped by police who were searching for
a suspect in an earlier drive-by shooting.
The death of Rose was the latest in a string of killings of black men by
police that have triggered street protests and fueled a renewed national
debate about bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Friday's protest stopped at one point in front of PNC Park where Major
League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates played the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Security at the ballpark locked one of the main gates due to the protest
as fans attempted to leave the extra-inning game, the Post-Gazette
“I’m a big supporter of our military and police, and (the protesters)
have no right to be obstructing people like they are,” to the newspaper
quoted a man as saying.
The man confronted protesters before police escorted him away from the
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A Mercedes Benz raced by the protest after demonstrators stopped at
a parking garage. No one was hurt in the incident, but police
responded in full riot gear, the newspaper reported.
Since Tuesday, video footage captured on a cell phone of the police
shooting has circulated widely on social media.
The clip showed two men running away from a car that was stopped in
front of two police cars. Both men appear to fall to the ground as
gunfire is heard.
"I briefly saw it. It's important, however it has to be taken into
context with the entire investigation," said Allegheny County Police
Department Superintendent Coleman McDonough during a news conference
after the shooting.
The second man who ran away remains at large. Police interviewed and
released a third man, the driver of the vehicle.
Two guns were found in the vehicle, the Allegheny County Police
The department said in a statement on Friday that reports of video
footage of the drive-by shooting showing Rose firing a gun and that
gun residue was found on Rose's hands are false.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Robert
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