According to reports, Antwon Rose’s family has reached a $2 million settlement in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed against a white police officer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager during a traffic stop last year.
The family filed a lawsuit against the city of East Pittsburgh and the white police officer who shot and killed Antwon.
According to reports, police officer Michael Rosfeld has been acquitted of all charges related to the shooting of a 17-year-old black adolescent. Antwon was shot three times by Rosfeld, once in the back, once in the face, and once in the elbow.
On Tuesday, Antwon’s family attorney, S. Lee Merritt, confirmed the settlement, noting that the family was “not particularly pleased” with the agreement despite the fact that it was the “best the city could do.”
Merritt stated in an interview with the New York Times that the goal of the lawsuit was to come up with a figure that would cause police officers in the East Pittsburgh area to pause before pulling the trigger and force the city to consider better training.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which cites Allegheny County court records, the law firms that represented the family, Rabner Law Offices and McEldrew Young, will each receive $400,000 in compensation, as well as reimbursement for expenses.
Antwon Rose II’s family and supporters have said that it has been a great honor to work towards achieving justice for them. According to Fred Rabner, another lawyer for the Roses, “it has been a great honor working towards achieving justice.”
On Tuesday, a judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia signed a stipulation dismissing the lawsuit with prejudice, which means that the claims cannot be filed again. The order was signed by all of the parties involved.
Antwon’s parents, Michelle Kenney and Antwon Rose, Sr., filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against East Pittsburgh and Rosfeld in August 2018, accusing Rosfeld of using excessive and lethal force and the borough’s policymakers of failing to protect their son. The lawsuit claims that Rosfeld used excessive and lethal force and that the borough’s policymakers failed to provide adequate training to police officers.
According to a Facebook post made on Tuesday, Kenney did not agree with the terms of the settlement. Her feelings were expressed in a Facebook post: “Facts: NOT WHAT I WANTED, NOT MY DECISION, AND THIS HURTS SO BAD!!!