An East Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with criminal homicide after the officer murdered 17-year old Antwon Rose in cold blood last week.
NPR (@npr) reports, Michael Rosfield has been on paid administrative leave since the June 19th murder. Pittsburgh residents held demonstrations in protest for days in the Pittsburgh area. They may have finally got a little justice for Antwon. Rosefeld was arrested and charged with criminal homicide on Wednesday morning. He posted $250,000 bail and was released a little later.
On June 19th a car Rose was traveling in was pulled over by police. They claimed the car matched the description of a car that was involved in a shooting minutes earlier in North Braddock Borough. A video recorder at the scene showed an unarmed Rose clearly running away from Rosfield. With no apparent danger to himself or anyone else present, Rosfield made the decision to shoot the teenager in the back. Three shots can be heard before Rose is seen collapsing and falling to the ground. A passenger in the vehicle was arrested and charged with attempted homicide on Monday. The driver of the car was questioned and released without being charged with a crime.
Rose family attorney Lee Merrit said that while the family are glad to hear the news of Rosfeld’s arrest, the city should have taken action sooner.
“When that video first went viral of Antwon Rose being shot in the back three times — at that time, there was no justification. An arrest warrant should have been issued immediately. The family views the homicide charge with guarded optimism. We believe it’s a step in the right direction, but we understand that there’s gonna be a long road to a conviction and sentencing.”
I’m guessing that the Pittsburgh Police Department knows something that we don’t. Pittsburgh police detectives will report for work wearing full riot gear on Thursday, in anticipation of a large scale protest should Donald Trump decide to fire Robert Mueller.
The New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) reports, Major Crimes Commander, Victor Joseph instructed his unit to bring “a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) to work until further notice, WPXI.com reported.
The memo was issued based on “information of a large scale protest in the Central Business District.”
“There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing. The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice.” The memo read.
It’s not clear what information Joseph has received to make him call for detectives to be ready with riot gear at this particular moment, but, like Trump always like to say “I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers are playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette, in my opinion. If there were ever a such thing as a $100 million running back, I would think Le’Veon Bell would fit the bill. I get that the running back position is a cautious one, especially when signing backs to big money contracts. The running back gets the ball more times per game than everyone on the team except for the QB. That volume of activity makes the RB’s chances of injury skyrocket. I get that. Totally. But when you consider what Le’Veon Bell brings to the table for the Steelers, you may want to reevaluate that kind of thinking. At least 75% of what’s successful for the Pittsburgh offense, is only successful because Le’veon Bell is on the field. He’s always a threat. Catching, running, or simply being a decoy. Defenses need to keep at least two pairs of eyes on the back at all times. This allows everything else to be possible, including the deep balls to Antonio Brown. The Steelers obviously don’t believe this, or they clearly don’t see the value in their superstar back.
ESPN (@espn) reports, the Steelers have informed Le’Veon Bell that they will place the franchise tag on him for the second straight season, since the team likely won’t come to an agreement on a new deal with the back before Tuesday’s deadline. The Steelers have come up from what they offered the back for a long term contract last year, but Bell says the sides are still far apart.
“We’re not coming to a number we both agree on. They are too low…..or I guess they feel I’m too high. I’m playing for strictly my value to the team. That’s what I’m asking. I don’t think I should settle for anything less than what I’m valued at.”
Last season Bell turned down a contract worth a total of $42 million over the first three years with an average of $13.3 million over the life of the deal. Bell says he will stick to the number he’s asking for, which he won’t reveal. Whatever Bell’s number is, he’s worth it. Hey Steelers, PAY THAT MAN. Back in January, Bell hinted at retirement being an option if his contract situation didn’t work out. I hope not. It will be bad for the Steelers and the NFL to have another great back retire before they reach their full potential. Remember when a guy named Barry Sanders was in this same position and decided that he would rather retire than allow Detroit to keep him somewhere he clearly didn’t want to be at? It would be a shame to see a great back like Bell retire because the Steelers are not willing to do the right thing.
Seems like people find new and creative reasons to get locked up every day. Today’s creative episode: Calling In A Bomb Threat To Get Out Of Paying A Bill.
That’s exactly what 40 year-old Barry Clapperton did. 6 ABC Philly (@6abc) reports that the Pittsburgh native tried to leave Primanti Brothers Restaurant in Pittsburgh without paying for his meal multiple times before the restaurant called the police. When police arrived, a good samaritan paid the tab for Clapperton. Police were just about to leave and let Clapperton go when they got a call from another nearby restaurant about a bomb threat. Police say they used a stun gun to subdue Clapperton after he ran from the restaurant. Police say Clapperton later acknowledged calling in the fake bomb threat to create a distraction.