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White police officer charged in fatal shooting of black teen

June 28, 2018 GMT

A white Pennsylvania police officer has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of an unarmed black teenager who was shot in the back while fleeing a traffic stop.

East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld was charged Wednesday in the June 19 shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. Prosecutors cited Rosfeld’s inconsistent statements about whether he saw a gun in the teen’s hand.

The 30-year-old officer had been sworn in just hours before the shooting after working at the police department for a couple of weeks. After being charged, he turned himself in and was released on $250,000 bond.

Criminologist Philip Stinson, who works at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, says the speed with which prosecutors charged Rosfeld isn’t unusual for Pennsylvania, but it doesn’t guarantee a conviction.