The mother of Antwon Rose, the 17-year old teen that was shot three times in the back by a Pittsburg police officer, says she is overwhelmed by the public support in the family’s first interview since the officer involved was charged earlier this week.
“I just wish Antwon was here to see all of this,“ his mother Michelle Kenney told CNN in an emotional interview on Friday. “Right now I can only deal with how I feel as a mom. I can’t see past having to bury my son.“
Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Rose after he and another passenger fled from a car stopped by police. Allegheny County Police say they were on the hunt for the car in connection with an earlier shooting. Cellphone footage, according to different media accounts, shows Rosfeld firing his gun at Rose as he is fleeing the scene. The shots hit him in the back.
Rosfeld ended up turning himself in on Wednesday days after Rose’s body was laid to rest on Monday. He was charged with one count of homicide.
The shooting sparked protests within East Pittsburgh as crowds calling for justice. Rose’s sister Kyra Jamison told CNN that the family planned to join the protests eventually.
“Right now we have to grieve before we step out there.”
Watch the full interview below: