HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Two case studies of shootings involving law enforcement officers in two very different American cities.
Criminal homicide charges have been lodged against East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose as he drove away from a traffic stop. Investigators say Rose, an African American, was not carrying a weapon.
The shooting sparked fierce protest in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
Prosecutors have since said the officer acted “recklessly and without justification”.
It bears reporting that two loaded handguns were recovered from the vehicle which was at the center of a drive-by shooting just minutes before.
The second case was in Galveston, where 18-year-old Luis Argueta was shot on the morning of June 25 while running away from a police officer.
Like Rose in Pennsylvania, Argueta was also unarmed when the fatal bullet struck his body, although investigators say he too left behind a handgun in his vehicle.
Unlike in the case of Rose, there have not been protests demanding justice for Argueta. Why?
They were both teens who were killed while unarmed and running from police. One was black while the other was Latino. One case was in a northern city, the other in the south.
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