The family of Antwon Rose has settled with the borough of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for $2 million, bringing an end to the federal civil lawsuit that was filed by 17-year-old’s family.
According to the New York Times, while family lawyer S. Lee Merritt acknowledged that Antwon’s family “wasn’t particularly happy” with the settlement, “it was the most the city could do,” noting that $2 million was the maximum that East Pittsburgh could pay under its insurance policy.
“The goal for the lawsuit was to come up with a figure that would cause police officers in the East Pittsburgh area to think before they pull the trigger and force the city to consider better training,” Merritt acknowledged.
Antwon was shot in the back three times by Officer Michael Rosfeld last June as he and another passenger fled from a vehicle that was stopped by police.
Months later, his family filed a federal lawsuit against East Pittsburgh, alleging wrongful death and the use of “excessive and deadly force” against the teen. The lawsuit also blasted the borough for failing “to properly train, supervise, screen, discipline, transfer, counsel or otherwise control officers who are known, or who should have been known, to engage in the use of excessive force and/or deadly force, including those officers repeatedly accused of such acts.”
Earlier this year, Rosfeld was acquitted of all charges related to the teen’s shooting death.
On the same Tuesday that the settlement was announced, a judge dismissed the family’s lawsuit with prejudice, meaning that Antwon’s family will not be allowed to refile the same lawsuit again in the future.