Latest Michael Rosfeld News

Pittsburgh DA fends off primary challenge, 1st in 20 years

May. 22, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's longtime top prosecutor has fended off a challenge in the Democratic primary, his first in 20 years. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala on Tuesday defeated a former public defender who criticized his handling of the case of a white police officer charged in...

Lawmakers hope to change state's rules on police shootings

Apr. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A group of Democrats in the General Assembly said Tuesday shootings by police show the need to change the rules for when Pennsylvania officers can use deadly force and to reform their oversight and training. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus outlined a legislative agenda that...

Sunoco cuts ties with gas station owner over billboard slur

Mar. 28, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

WORTHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Sunoco has cut ties with a Pennsylvania gas station owner after a digital billboard flashed a racial slur and praised the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen. The billboard is owned by John Placek and is about a quarter mile from the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Mar. 27, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

Editorials from around Pennsylvania: ___ PENN STATE COULD LOWER TUITION IF THE STATE INCREASES HIGHER ED FUNDING, March 22 Penn State President Eric Barron had hardly taken his seat in front of PennLive's Editorial Board before he started extolling the benefits of Penn State and citing a flurry of statistics to...

Foreman defends acquittal of officer for black teen's death

Mar. 25, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The foreman of a jury that acquitted a white Pennsylvania police officer of homicide said Michael Rosfeld did not know the black teen he shot was unarmed and that his decision to run after his vehicle was pulled over factored into the verdict. Juror Jesse Rawls Sr. told WHTM-TV that...

Slain teen's mother joins supporters at vigil

Mar. 24, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son's life celebrated at a place that meant so much to him. Michelle Kenney, mother of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, joined friends of supporters...

The Latest: Slain teen's mother joins supporters at vigil

Mar. 24, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of an ex-East Pittsburgh police officer's fatal shooting of a teen (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The mother of a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son's life...

Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in shooting

Mar. 23, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh. Police put officers on 12-hour shifts until...