‘He murdered my son in cold blood’: Mother of teenager fatally shot by Pennsylvania police officer

first_imgABCNews.com(PITTSBURGH) — Michelle Kenney and Antwon Rose Sr. did something Sunday they never thought they would ever have to do: Go to a funeral home for the wake of their 17-year-old son, Antwon Rose II.But before getting in a car and driving to the Tunie Funeral Home in Homestead, Pennsylvania, the grieving mother and father had much to say about their child and the police officer who shot him dead on a street near their small town, a suburb of Pittsburgh.  “He murdered my son in cold blood,” Kenney told ABC News exclusively of the shooting Tuesday night when police said her unarmed son ran from an officer who opened fire after the teenager made only a few strides to get away.“If he has a son, I pray his heart never has to hurt the way mine does,” Kenney said of the police officer. “But I think he should pay for taking my son’s life. I really do.”  As she spoke through jags of tears, Kenney clutched a Bible in her lap with the words “My son” written on a piece of paper and taped to the cover. On the front of her striped dress, she wore a purple ribbon, which she says was her son’s favorite color.She spoke of how her son — whom she nicknamed “My Baby” — had traveled around the world, taught himself to ski and play hockey. He had dreams, she said, of going to college and becoming a chemical engineer or a lawyer.“I knew Antwon was destined for greatness. I told him that all the time,” she said. “I figured he either was going to be an engineer who designed something that changed the world, or he was going to have a case that changed the world. I never knew that he would be the victim of a homicide and change the world. It’s just unimaginable.”The teenager was riding in a silver Chevrolet that officials said was suspected of being involved in a drive-by shooting in North Braddock that left a 22-year-old man wounded. East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld pulled the vehicle over around 8:40 p.m. on Grandview and Howard streets in East Pittsburgh, about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.Allegheny County Police Department, which is investigating Antwon’s death, said in a statement that Rosfeld pulled the car over because it matched the description of the vehicle involved in the drive-by shooting and that he noticed a bullet hole in the rear window.While Rosfeld was putting the driver into handcuffs, Antwon and another passenger in the car bolted, according to the police statement. Rosfeld fired his weapon at Antwon, hitting him three times in the upper body, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, who did not specify where on his upper body Antwon was shot. Antwon was taken to nearby University of Pittsburgh Medical Center McKeesport, where he died.Police said two guns were found inside the car, but Antwon was unarmed when he was shot. Police found a 9mm ammunition clip in his pocket, officials said.Had it not been for a cell-phone video Shauny Mary, 23, took of the shooting, the story might have ended there. Mary posted her video on social media, sparking angry protests in the streets of East Pittsburgh and elsewhere. The video shows Antwon and another man running from the car. Antwon, dressed in a white T-shirt, got about 10 feet before three gunshots sounded and he fell to the ground.“It was like he was taking target practice out on this young man’s back,” Mary told ABC News. “He didn’t flinch, he didn’t say stop running, he didn’t say anything.”Antwon Rose Sr. said he saw Mary’s video before it went viral. He said he initially didn’t realize it was his son because people were saying the boy who was shot was 13 years old.“I never thought that was my son,” he said.Michelle Kenney said she can’t bring herself to watch the video. “If there wasn’t [a video], we wouldn’t be having this conversation because a thousand people could have stood up and the world wouldn’t have believed them because he was murdered by a cop and people don’t seem to think that they tell a lie,” Kenney said. “So by the grace of God, there is a video.” She said she doesn’t understand why Rosfeld is still on the police force.“If I shot somebody in cold blood, I would have been arrested on the scene. They wouldn’t have waited. There would be no investigation. There would be no questions as to why I did it, or what happened. I would be in jail,” Kenney said. “He should have been in jail the day after it happened. He should have been fired five minutes after it happened. As a matter of fact, maybe they should have never hired him.”ABC News has reached out to Rosfeld’s attorney several times for comment but have not heard back. The district attorney said Rosfeld is cooperating with the investigation.Rosfeld, 30, broke his silence Thursday when he told ABC station WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh that the shooting occurred just three weeks after he joined the East Pittsburg Police Department and just hours after he was officially sworn in as an officer on the force. Rosfeld, who is on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation, said he has been staying away from the news coverage of the shooting and would not discuss details of what prompted him to use deadly force. He said he was unaware that there is a video of the shooting.He said he began his career in law enforcement in 2011 and that prior to joining the East Pittsburg Police Department he worked as an officer for the University of Pittsburgh and at two other police departments in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.Kenney told ABC News that she had drilled it in her son to always respect the police.“My son is dead and I keep saying that, but he didn’t die by accident,” she said. “He didn’t fall off a cliff. He didn’t trip and bump his head. A cop killed him. The same person that should have protected him, the same person who I taught my son to respect and always have the most respect for, never be disrespectful, murdered my son.”Asked what she would say to people questioning why Antwon was in a car that was involved in a drive-by shooting, and why he allegedly had an ammunition clip in his pocket, she replied: “My son is dead. My son is dead. My son is dead. For all those people who say that their son must be at home.  “To see how handsome my son was; he didn’t deserve that. No one deserves that. And no one deserves to have to bury their baby at 17 years old for trying to make it home, while his momma’s waiting on the porch for him to get back. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody. I mean, I can’t begin to explain the sadness and sorrow.”She said she is amazed at the thousands of people who have taken to the streets to demand justice for her son, including the many friends, teachers, and neighbors who knew Antwon’s character.“I look at it this way: If it wasn’t Antwon and it was another child, I don’t know how many people would have stood up. But because my son was truly a beautiful soul, everyone stood up and I’m hoping that it changes the world,” Kenney said.In a poem her son composed on May 16, 2016, for an English literature class, he wrote, “I am confused and afraid. I wonder what path I’ll take. I hear that there’s only two ways out. I see mothers bury their sons. I want my mom to never feel that pain.”Listening to those words, she said, they were all too familiar.“They’re actually words from his mother,” Kenney said. “That’s how I know that my son heard me. And that right there makes me smile because we were so close and I was so involved with what was going on with him and those words he interpreted from me. “So when you read them and you tell me that my son wrote them, we lived them,” she said. “That’s not just a piece of paper, that’s not just a poem, that is the life of many, many African-American males. It was just that my son wrote it down and he lost his life in order for you guys to read it.”A funeral will be held for Antwon at 11 a.m. Monday at the Woodland Hills Intermediate School in Homestead, Pennsylvania, where he was a former student. Many mourners plan to wear purple in Antwon’s honor. Kenney and the senior Antwon Rose said they hope their son is not forgotten after he is buried.“I am in amazement that this all has something to do with my son. But I’m destroyed at the reason why,” Kenney said. “I appreciate all the protesters. I just want them to protest peacefully because I don’t want to see anybody else go through this. So I don’t want them to get arrested, I don’t want them to act out. If they’re protesting in the name of Antwon, then we can’t use the same hate that took my son’s life. We have to protest in the name of love.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 9/24/20

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUELA Dodgers 5, Oakland 1AMERICAN LEAGUECleveland 5, Chi White Sox 4Toronto 4, NY Yankees 1Baltimore 13, Boston 1Houston 12, Texas 4Kansas City 8, Detroit 7NATIONAL LEAGUEPittsburgh 7, Chi Cubs 0Colorado 5, San Francisco 4NY Mets 3, Washington 2Miami 4, Atlanta 2St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSLA Lakers 114, Denver 108 (LA leads 3-1)NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEMiami 31, Jacksonville 13WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSSeattle 89, Minnesota 79Connecticut 77, Las Vegas 68Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img September 25, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 9/24/20last_img read more

Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 57 Australia Bound Persons

first_img View post tag: Persons August 17, 2012 View post tag: Arrests Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 57 Australia Bound Persons View post tag: $57 View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Sri Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 57 Australia Bound Persons View post tag: Naval View post tag: Australia View post tag: Navy View post tag: Lanka Sri Lanka Navy arrested 57 persons illegally bound for Australia in a multi-day trawler on 16th August 2012.The trawler named “Pushpa Rejini” was intercepted 40 nautical miles off Pigeon Island in Trincomalee. Thirty-nine (39) men, eight (8) women and 10 children (6 boys and 4 girls) were among the arrested. They are residents of Trincomalee, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Mannar.The arrested persons that included 52 Tamils and 5 Sinhalese were brought to Trincomalee Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 17, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Boundlast_img read more

Kuumba Singers host 13th Annual Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival

first_imgThe Kuumba Singers of Harvard College will host the 13th Annual Walter J. Leonard Black Arts Festival: “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” March 3-5.The festival features several events, including a concert, a performing arts showcase, and panel discussions. All events are free except the Saturday (March 4) performing arts showcase. Tickets are $7 and are available at the Harvard Box Office or from any Kuumba board member.For more information on the weekend and its events.last_img

Coal production decline in Powder River Basin may be speeding up

first_imgCoal production decline in Powder River Basin may be speeding up FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Warning bells are ringing across Wyoming’s Powder River Basin that the largest producing coal region of the country is in big trouble.One of the largest players, Cloud Peak Energy, is likely facing bankruptcy. A newcomer to coal country, Blackjewel LLC has struggled to pay its taxes despite increasing production, and the total volume of Wyoming’s black rock that miners are estimated to produce – a number that translates to jobs, state and county revenue — keeps going down.After the coal bust of 2015, when 1,000 Wyoming miners lost work and three coal companies went through bankruptcy, a period of stability settled over the coal sector in Wyoming. The idea that coal would slowly decline, partly buoyed up by the results of carbon research, and just maybe an export avenue to buyers in the Pacific Rim, took hold. Wyoming made its peace with the idea that coal’s best years were likely behind her, but that a more modest future for Wyoming coal, with manageable losses over time, was also likely.That may not be the case.Within 10 years, demand for Powder River Basin coal could fall to 176 million tons, said John Hanou, president of Hanou Energy Consulting and a long-time expert on the Powder River Basin. That figure includes Montana’s production and presumes that coal plants in the U.S. are taken offline as soon as they hit 60 years of age. If Wyoming is lucky and gas prices are high, that count could hold closer to 224 million. Or it could be even worse.Economics could push out existing demand even faster, while wind development going up in the Midwest could eat into Wyoming’s coal market in that region. Natural gas prices, high or low, could alter the rate of change in Wyoming’s coal sector.More: Wyoming coal is likely declining faster than expectedlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Continues Efforts to Address PFAS Contamination

first_img August 22, 2019 Wolf Administration Continues Efforts to Address PFAS Contamination Press Release,  Public Health Horsham, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Representative Todd Stephens and Representative Meghan Schroeder to announce new funding to help address PFAS contamination in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships.“Republican or Democrat, senator or representative, every elected official understands that clean drinking water is a critical issue,” Gov. Wolf said. “We all want Pennsylvanians to live the happiest, healthiest lives possible and today I am proud to be here to help lessen a burden for these communities that residents did not cause.”In addition, the governor renewed his call for the United States Environmental Protection Agency to establish an enforceable, nationwide drinking water standard for PFAS under the Safe Drinking Water Act.“The federal government played a big role in causing these issues and they should be stepping up in a much bigger way,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need the White House and Congress to get serious about addressing this issue.”Flanked by state and local leadership, the governor announced a $3.8 million grant to support water treatment efforts in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships. This new funding will help bolster the funding awarded over the past few years to help Warminster and Warrington address contamination, and to install the carbon filters in Horsham.“Horsham residents shouldn’t have to bear the costs of removing the federal government’s contamination from our drinking water,” said State Representative Todd Stephens. “Working together with Governor Wolf, we’ve been able to provide funds to eliminate the unfair surcharges Horsham residents have been paying to ensure their water is safe to drink.”“For years, our residents in Warminster have absorbed the cost of purchasing clean water due to the federal government’s inability to clean up its own mess. With this state funding, we will finally be able to alleviate the surcharge for this water from our ratepayers. As Warwick Township deals with similar contamination issues, we will work to ensure that this funding will assist them with needed infrastructure improvements,” said State Representative Meghan Schroeder.Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS – are man-made chemicals resistant to heat, water and oil, and persist in the environment and the human body. PFAS are not found naturally in the environment. They have been used to make cookware, carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food, and other materials that are resistant to water, grease, or stains. They are also used in firefighting foams and in a number of industrial processes.In September 2018, Governor Wolf announced the establishment of a multi-agency PFAS Action Team and other executive actions to address growing national concerns surrounding PFAS. The PFAS Action Team places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states taking proactive action to address PFAS and other water contaminants.“I would like to thank the local officials for the steps they’ve taken to address the PFAS contamination in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships,” said Gov. Wolf. “We’re here in Horsham today, but we know PFAS was likely used at other airports, military bases, and manufacturing facilities, and I am committed to identifying those locations and supporting any necessary cleanup so today’s residents don’t have to bear a costly burden of the past.”In June, the Department of Environmental Protection began a statewide sampling plan to identify PFAS-impacted drinking water. Preliminary results from the sampling will be released in the fall. Additionally, the Department of Health has hired a state toxicologist, and the Department of Environmental Protection is finalizing a contract for specialized toxicology services to move forward with setting a state limit for PFAS in drinking water to establish a cleanup plan that will result in every Pennsylvanian having water free from PFAS contamination.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This sprawling rural homestead is retreat from city life

first_img3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek.A central hallway with decorative lighting and VJ walls passes a formal lounge and dining room with antique chandeliers, polished concrete flooring, plantation shutters and a fireplace. Nearby, a country-style kitchen features timber benchtops and cabinetry, numerous preparation areas, a butler’s pantry and high-quality appliances, including a double oven.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Bi-fold doors open the cooking space out to a covered deck with timber balustrade, leafy views and hanging lamps. 3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek.THIS sprawling rural homestead is retreat from city life.The six-bedroom home at 3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek is listed for sale though an expressions of interest campaign closing October 23, through Ray White Samford.The home is surrounded by more than 44ha of farmland surrounded by creeks and gullies. A covered veranda wraps around the house, while traditional windows attract natural light and countryside vistas into almost every room.Accessible via a driveway bordered by trees, the single-storey residence creates a memorable first impression with its expansive veranda and double-door entry. 3 Rose Lane, Laceys Creek.Polished timber flooring flows from the kitchen into a connecting media room. It shares a side hallway with an office and the main bedroom, which has a fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and an elegant ensuite with a double vanity and claw foot bath with forest views through leadlight windows. The five other bedrooms, positioned at the rear of the house, share a bathroom with a Victorian-style double vanity. A large laundry with ample storage space is nearby.Outside, the wraparound veranda overlooks a pergola and has various stairways down to the property. A 15m pool is near the house and features a partially-covered timber pavilion. Additional entertainment space is available in a barn, which has two covered patios, a kitchenette, bathroom and loft bunkhouse.A three-bay shed, chook house, old dairy shed and vegetable garden complement prosperous farmland capable of running 30 head of cattle, thanks to water tanks, bore water and a dam. Listing agent Angela Galvin said this was a wonderful country residence with exceptional farming capabilities and endless tranquillity. “This homestead is a beautiful rural getaway only one hour from Brisbane,” Ms Galvin said.last_img read more

Three-level luxury home with city views and ‘New York feel’ for sale

first_imgThe large kitchen area at 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The Taylors are looking for a home they can lock up and leave because of their busy work schedules.Mrs Taylor said she had “the best neighbours” and described the street as quiet.“The property is so close to town, I can walk to the city in 25 minutes,” she said.“It has the best city views.” 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.With the spacious bedroom being her favourite part of the home, Mrs Taylor said the city backdrop from three levels was spectacular.“You can see Riverfire and the fireworks when the Ekka is on,” she said.Standout features of the home include a fully tiled saltwater swimming pool, secure intercom entry, and a formal sitting area with an adjoining study. Enjoy glimpses of the city at 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.Now that their children have left the nest, Mrs Taylor said they were looking to downsize after 18 years at the home.She said her great grandparents owned the first house on Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove, and their family had always lived in the Ashgrove and Red Hill areas.“Our whole family has never lived very far away,” she said.“The kids have all moved out now and we have stayed an extra two years after the last child left.” 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.Mrs Taylor said the home was the perfect place for family gatherings.“Every year Christmas is held at our place,” she said.“It’s a great family home, especially for children to grow up in — it’s so close to local primary and high schools.” 15 Wellington Road, Red Hill.Michele and Michael Taylor’s three-level home has a contemporary New York feel to it.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home, 15 Wellington Rd, Red Hill, has been the perfect place for their three children to grow up in.last_img read more

Dynagas LNG Partners posts Q2 loss

first_imgClean Energy (Image courtesy of Dynagas LNG Partners)Dynagas LNG Partners, a limited partnership formed by the Greek shipowner Dynagas, on Tuesday reported a second-quarter loss of $5.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same quarter a year before.The company posted loss per common unit of $0.19 for the three months ended June 30.Adjusted earnings per share and EBITDA were at $0.07 and $22.9 million, respectfully.Dynagas quarterly voyage revenues stood at $32 million as compared to $42.6 million in the second quarter of 2016.“We have previously communicated that this quarter would be affected by scheduled class surveys and related dry dockings for three of our six vessels which would result in cost items and would also qualify as off-hire under the relevant contracts,” said Chief Executive Tony Lauritzen.“We are satisfied that the class surveys, including dry dockings, were completed in a quick and efficient manner with an average of approximately 15 days per vessel from arrival to departure at the shipyard. The vessels are on a 5-year special survey cycle, therefore we expect the next special class survey and related dry docking to occur in about 5 years,” said Lauritzen.last_img read more

Bureau Veritas to Class CMA CGM’s LNG Fuelled Mammoths

first_imgFrance-based classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) has been awarded the responsibility for classification of CMA CGM’s new 22,000 TEU containerships. The classification society informed that the decision for the nine ships to be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been carefully considered and Bureau Veritas has been closely involved in feasibility studies, working with the owner, builders and technology providers.“This is a breakthrough order for gas fuelled shipping – both in scale and in the use of a membrane containment system. Bureau Veritas has been supporting the project throughout, providing assistance to ensure the requirements for the safe use of LNG are addressed,” Philippe Donche-Gay, President, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, said.The new ships will have a bunker capacity close to 18,000 cubic metres (cbm) and this represents a significantly higher volume than has been required in the LNG fuelled ship market. Bureau Veritas has investigated the feasibility of the design together with shipbuilding group China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz SA (GTT).GTT has been chosen for the design of cryogenic tanks for the nine containerships.“As CMA CGM have said, they will be the first shipping company in the world to equip giant containerships with LNG propulsion, pursuing a strong commitment to the protection of the environment and to ocean conservation. For us this is an exciting project to be involved in and our teams in China, supported by expertise in Paris, are looking forward to working on these innovative new ships,” Jean-François Segretain, Bureau Veritas Marine Technical Director, said.The deliveries of the nine vessels will take place between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020.last_img read more