FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Allegheny County District Attorney shows Michael Rosfeld, a police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa., charged with criminal homicide June 27, 2018, following the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. as he fled during a traffic stop on June 19, 2018. The fatal police shooting of Rose on June 19, 2018, is the first in the Pittsburgh area in the Black Lives Matter era, and it is galvanizing residents who say they’ve been frustrated for too long. (Allegheny County District Attorney via AP, File)

Hearing moved for officer charged in shooting of black teen

July 05, 2018 - 12:00 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A preliminary hearing for a white police officer charged in the death of an unarmed black teenager has been moved for security reasons.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's office says the July 27 hearing for East Pittsburgh officer Michael Rosfeld has been moved from Pittsburgh Municipal Court to the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, says there have been no threats and the security issue merely reflects the "sheer number of people who are invested in this case."

The change of venue was approved Tuesday.

Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide in the June 19 shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. after the teen fled from a traffic stop.

Investigators say Rosfeld gave contradicting statements about seeing a gun.

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