Mourners wrote messages on the back of their vehicles for Antwon Rose's funeral.
PHOTO CREDIT: AP/John Fetterman via Fox News
Last month, an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer in Pittsburgh. The car was pulled over and 17-year-old Antwon Rose was shot three times in his face, arm, and back. Now, justice is being served as prosecutors have charged the police officer with criminal homicide.
The county’s District Attorney said he believes the officer acted "recklessly and without justification," and that the evidence supports charging the case as an "intentional killing." The officer has been inconsistent in his story about whether or not he thought Antwon had a gun.
The senseless death of this young man sparked days of protest in Pittsburgh, continuing the national dialogue of racial policing and police brutality.
A poem read to the crowd, written by Antwon Rose Jr. pic.twitter.com/RFZVf2erNR
— Paula Reed Ward (@PaulaReedWard) June 21, 2018
Antwon Rose wrote a poem entitled, “I AM NOT WHAT YOU THINK!” that has been memorialized and shared in the wake of this tragedy. He writes:
“I understand people believe I’m just a statistic
I say to them I’m different
I dream of life getting easier
I try my best to make my dream true
I hope that it does
I am confused and afraid”