Protesters took to the streets almost daily in the week between when Antwon Rose II was fatally shot and when a criminal homicide charge was filed against East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld.
Rosfeld shot Rose, 17, on June 19 during a traffic stop following a shooting in North Braddock minutes earlier. Starting the next day, protesters marched in the streets for hours per day and sometimes more than once a day — only pausing on Sunday and Monday for Rose’s wake and funeral.
The protesters demanded justice, carried signs and shouted chants including “Turn it up. Don’t turn it down. We do this for Antwon,” and “Three shots in the back. How you justify that?”
While two protests were in East Pittsburgh, where the shooting happened, more were near District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.’s office on Grant Street, Downtown.
On Wednesday, detectives with Zappala’s office charged Rosfeld with criminal homicide. In a news conference, he told reporters he didn’t feel pressure from protesters to file charges, but rather the details of the case show Rosfeld’s actions were intentional.
To recap the days of protests — both marches and rallies — The Incline created this map of rally locations and marches’ paths. The path of marchers is approximate and was created using video and social media posts from news outlets and participants. Stationary rallies are marked by blue pins on the map.
Here’s a breakdown of each march and rally between Rose’s death and Rosfeld’s arrest.
Wednesday, June 20
East Pittsburgh Police Department
Protesters gathered outside the East Pittsburgh Police Department, the day after Rose was shot and killed. The protest included several tense moments, especially as police tried to move the attendees with a car. Protesters also stayed out despite a downpour.
Thursday, June 21
Attendees of a noon rally filled Grant Street outside of the Allegheny County Courthouse for nearly two hours, calling for justice and for attendees to participate in the political process by registering to vote and ousting Zappala.
Speakers included Brandi Fisher of the Alliance for Police Accountability; Leon Ford who was shot by police and paralyzed; and Summer Lee, Democratic Candidate for Pa. rep in District 43.
Later that day, a march starting at the East Pittsburgh police station traveled west on Electric Avenue and Ardmore Boulevard before taking over Interstate 376 and stopping traffic for more than five hours, between 9 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.
After police set multiple deadlines for protesters to leave, Ciora Thomas remained on the parkway and was the only person arrested, per the Post-Gazette.
Friday, June 22
An evening march started at the Wood Street T station during rush hour and then headed to PNC Park and the North Shore ahead of a home Pirates game. They then went back Downtown, taking Liberty Avenue to Market Square before going back to the North Shore. Protesters attempted to walk onto PA-28 but were diverted to East Ohio Street. They went back to PNC Park before ending Downtown.
This march included two police actions against non-demonstrators. Police plan to file charges by summons against a tow truck driver who shouted racial obscenities at the group, TribLive reported.
Later in the night, a vehicle drove through a group of protesters, injuring two people. Per a news release, police have a possible suspect and are investigating.
Homestead Grays Bridge
Also on Friday, a group of protesters gathered on the Homestead Grays Bridge, blocking traffic for about an hour. Police cleared the bridge and moved to Eighth Street where a group of people met them in the street, arresting four people, TribLive reported.
Saturday, June 23
Demonstrators joined a previously-scheduled Juneteenth parade that went from Freedom Corner through Downtown to Point State Park. This rally included multiple politicians including Lee, U.S. Congressmen Conor Lamb and Mike Doyle, Mayor Bill Peduto, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
Later that night, protesters marched on East Carson Street from 23rd to 10th streets where they turned back in a tense moment with Pittsburgh police and stayed in the street despite a downpour returning to East Carson and 23rd before police asked protesters to disperse. Protesters then moved to the South Side Works to continue marching and crossed back over East Carson to march on Jane Street.
Tuesday, June 26
After two days of no protests in honor of Rose’s visitation and funeral, protesters started early at Freedom Corner in the Hill District. They then marched to Downtown, pausing at the courthouse for remarks before heading to the Boulevard and then making a loop using Wood and Fifth street. When they returned to Grant Street, protesters stopped at the City-County Building where they were met by multiple lawmakers — state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, and Pittsburgh City Council members Theresa Kail-Smith, R. Daniel Lavelle, Erika Strassburger, Corey O’Connor and Deborah Gross.