Four people were arrested and a Mercedes drove through a crowd of demonstrators as protests continued in Pittsburgh for the third straight night over the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.
Hundreds took part in two protests across the city, including outside PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks, Fox News reports.
As the game went into extra innings, fans trying to leave from the home plate gate found it was locked, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
One man, who identified himself as J. Cannam, 32, clashed with protesters outside the stadium and shouted “blue lives matter” before being ushered away by police.
“I’m a big supporter of our military and police, and [the protesters] have no right to be obstructing people like they are,” he told the newspaper.
Nearby, a car identified as a Mercedes-Benz drove through a crowd, who pounded the vehicle with their fists, before speeding off. Police said there were no injuries during the incident.
— Jared Wickerham (@WickPhoto) June 23, 2018
Protesters on Friday night carried signs in front of police in riot gear that read “Fire killer cops” and chanted slogans including: “No justice, no peace”, “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Three shots to the back, how do you justify that?”
The protests erupted because of 17-year-old Antwon Rose was shot dead by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30.
Rose, who was unarmed, was shot from behind three times as he ran away from a traffic stop after the vehicle he was riding in had been linked to an earlier in drive-by shooting 13 minutes earlier in nearby North Braddock. The vehicle had bullet damage to the back window.
His death, which was captured on video by an eyewitness and posted online, has been listed as homicide by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The crowd has been chanting, “No justice, no peace” pic.twitter.com/LdRYQceuQv
— Jamie Martines (@Jamie_Martines) June 23, 2018
The blunt truth is easy, the guy was involved in a violent crime, a SHOOTING, he then was running from the officer, the officer dropped the violent criminal before the violent criminal could carry out any further violent acts.
These clowns always say how innocent and how the person always made everyone around them a better person because of ho great and happy they were. Complete and utter lies and BS, violent criminals are not known for making communities better places and the world a happier place to be.
It is always the same tune and always blaming the Law Enforcement Officer for gunning down an innocent person. They ignore the facts and the violent crime(s) that the criminal has committed.
— Max Graham (@maxmugrah) June 22, 2018
They were screaming and yelling about being black and afraid of cops and how black people cannot walk down the street. I guess ignoring the facts is a must, because black on black crime is far more prevalent on a daily basis than a cop running around shooting black people for walking down the street.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.