The borough of East Pittsburgh, Pa., will close its police department this coming Saturday, and the Pennsylvania State Police will take over. The moe follows the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose, 17, by East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who is charged with homicide.
The borough of East Pittsburgh, Pa., is disbanding its police department, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Borough council members made the decision within the past few weeks, an officer said. The Pennsylvania State Police will take over law enforcement in the borough when the five-member department closes Dec. 1. The move follows the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose II, 17, by East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who is charged with homicide.
Since the shooting on June 19, East Pittsburgh has had informal sessions with Allegheny County police to discuss whether the countywide department could take over for the borough force. It wasn’t clear whether officers affected by the shutdown may be offered other work with the municipality or severance pay. Asked specifically why the department will shut down, the officer reached by the Post-Gazette said, “Even we don’t know.” A trial for officer Rosfeld is pending. Meanwhile, Rose’s family is suing Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh in federal court, for wrongful death and excessive force. Rose was unarmed when he ran from a felony traffic stop in East Pittsburgh. He was the front-seat passenger in a car that police said was used in a drive-by shooting 13 minutes earlier.