Local rapper Meek Mill and state elected officials voiced their displeasure after news surfaced about Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Black teenager, who was fatally shot by Pittsburgh police on Tuesday.
Mill called on Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking for “a real investigation” into Rose’s death.
“This is Pennsylvania, can we get a real investigation to find out why this kid was killed and do not let the excuse be ‘I feared for my life’, this is way worst than my situation and should have the real attention, especially in Pennsylvania,” Meek wrote on Instagram.
“This is not a call out, it’s a cry for help to the men that’s in position with morals to make change!” he added.
According to reports from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rose was shot three times after he ran from a car that police stopped during a traffic stop.
As the unidentified officer put the driver in handcuffs, two people, including Rice, ran from the vehicle. Rice was then shot. He died around 9 p.m.
The police took the driver, 20, into custody but he was soon released.
A shooting earlier Tuesday night led to the traffic stop as police responded to calls of the shooting around 8:20 p.m.
“The video of this incident is deeply disturbing. Antwon Rose’s family, friends and the entire community deserve the truth,” Wolf told WJAC-TV. “Like in all police-involved shootings, there must be a thorough, swift and transparent review and investigation of his death.”
Sen. Bob Casey echoed Wolf’s reaction to the incident.
“I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Antwon Rose. I grieve with them, and the communities of East Pittsburgh and the Woodland Hills School District,” Casey said. “I am disturbed by what I saw on the video, and I have numerous questions about exactly what happened and why. A thorough investigation is necessary. Antwon’s family has a right to answers.”