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Hundreds Shut Down Highway, Protesting Police Killing of Antwon Rose

HeadlineJun 22, 2018

In Pennsylvania, hundreds of protesters in East Pittsburgh shut down a major highway overnight for five hours to protest the police killing of Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old African-American high school senior. Video of the shooting shows Rose was shot in the back while trying to flee police after a traffic stop. Police have admitted he was unarmed. Rose was set to graduate from high school this year. The killing has sparked two days of protest in Pittsburgh.

Jeana Marie: “We’re fed up. We’re tired of being treated as though we don’t realize racism exists and we don’t realize that we are being murdered in numbers, mass numbers. And more and more police are coming forward and being bold and brave to kill more and more black people, and we won’t stand for it. Pittsburgh is not the city that’s going to stand for that.”

At an earlier demonstration, a protester read a poem Antwon had written about police brutality in 2016.

Protester: “I hear that there’s only two ways out / I see mothers bury their sons / I want my mom to never feel that pain / I am confused and afraid / I pretend all is fine / I feel like I’m suffocating / I touch nothing so I believe all is fine.”

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