CP photo by Jared Wickerham
Scene from Antwon Rose protest on June 22
More than 200 hundred people marched from Freedom Corner in the Hill District to Point State Park on Saturday afternoon — a fourth consecutive day of protests in the name of late teenager Antwon Rose
The Saturday march for Rose, killed by East Pittsburgh police earlier in the week, was in conjunction with a Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African-American slaves.
Several local elected officials joined protesters, including: U.S. Reps. Mike Doyle
and Conor Lamb
; State Reps. Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.
State Rep.-elect Summer Lee
, involved in several Rose protests over the past few days, was also present Saturday.
“There have been so many people who have been standing together to demand justice for him,” said Lee, referencing Rose.
“We are not gonna stop fighting for justice.”
Rose, 17, was fatally shot by East Pittsburgh police while fleeing a traffic stop Tuesday. Allegheny County officials say the car in which he was a passenger was stopped because it matched the description of a vehicle fleeing the scene of an earlier reported shooting in North Braddock. Allegheny County investigators reported there were guns on the floor of the car, but Rose was unarmed as he fled.
Hundreds of protesters marched and blocked streets Downtown and on the North Side late into Friday evening. Four people were arrested.
Protesters blocked streets as fans left the Pirates game at PNC Park. One driver collided with protesters and fled before authorities arrived. There were no reported injuries.
The march Saturday was more of a peaceful affair, void of any altercations.
Still, one protester promised to continued demonstrations, shouting, “Your streets will be blocked off every damn day.”