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1 arrested in Parkway East protest of Antwon Rose fatal shooting

Jamie Martines
| Thursday, June 21, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Activist, Ciora Thomas confronts a State Troopers in riot gear after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Activist, Ciora Thomas confronts a State Troopers in riot gear after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
Activist Ciora Thomas confronts a semi truck after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Activist Ciora Thomas confronts a semi truck after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
A man raises a 'Black Lives Matter' as he leads a group of  150 marchers who eventually  took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018, The march was to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A man raises a 'Black Lives Matter' as he leads a group of 150 marchers who eventually took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018, The march was to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
A crowd confronts police officers after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A crowd confronts police officers after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
A woman chants Antwon Rose's name after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A woman chants Antwon Rose's name after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
A crowd confronts police officers after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A crowd confronts police officers after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Protesters sit down and block traffic Thursday night, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death of Antwon Rose on Tuesday by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Protesters sit down and block traffic Thursday night, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death of Antwon Rose on Tuesday by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Protesters block traffic Thursday night, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Protesters block traffic Thursday night, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
A mother and son pray for peace after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A mother and son pray for peace after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
More than 150 people stand under exit signs after they took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
More than 150 people stand under exit signs after they took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
A woman raises her in front of stopped traffic after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A woman raises her in front of stopped traffic after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Thomas Potter, 14, of East Pittsburgh, a friend of Antwon Rose, breaks down in tears as the second night of protests get under way on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Thomas Potter, 14, of East Pittsburgh, a friend of Antwon Rose, breaks down in tears as the second night of protests get under way on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
A woman is overcome with emotion Thursday night, June 21, 2018, while chanting in linked arms with other protesters stopping traffic on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose, 17, by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
A woman is overcome with emotion Thursday night, June 21, 2018, while chanting in linked arms with other protesters stopping traffic on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose, 17, by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Traffic was stopped in both directions on the Parkway East (I-376) Thursday night near the Wilkinsburg exit as a group of demonstrators blocked traffic protesting the death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Traffic was stopped in both directions on the Parkway East (I-376) Thursday night near the Wilkinsburg exit as a group of demonstrators blocked traffic protesting the death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose.
Protesters block traffic Thursday, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Protesters block traffic Thursday, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Activists walk toward the Parkway East (I-376) where they stopped traffic in both directions Thursday, June 21, 2018, in protest of the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose, 17, by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Activists walk toward the Parkway East (I-376) where they stopped traffic in both directions Thursday, June 21, 2018, in protest of the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose, 17, by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Members of Pittsburgh Afro Dogs, a biker group, lead protesters toward the Parkway East (I-376) where traffic was stopped in both directions Thursday, June 21, 2018, as demonstrators protested the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Members of Pittsburgh Afro Dogs, a biker group, lead protesters toward the Parkway East (I-376) where traffic was stopped in both directions Thursday, June 21, 2018, as demonstrators protested the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Members of Pittsburgh Afro Dogs, a biker group, lead protesters toward the Parkway East (I-376) where traffic was stopped in both directions Thursday, June 21, 2018, as demonstrators protested the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Members of Pittsburgh Afro Dogs, a biker group, lead protesters toward the Parkway East (I-376) where traffic was stopped in both directions Thursday, June 21, 2018, as demonstrators protested the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Protesters block traffic Thursday, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Protesters block traffic Thursday, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Members of Pittsburgh Afro Dogs, a biker group, lead protesters toward I-376, where traffic was stopped Thursday, June 21, 2018, in both directions, as demonstrators protested the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Members of Pittsburgh Afro Dogs, a biker group, lead protesters toward I-376, where traffic was stopped Thursday, June 21, 2018, in both directions, as demonstrators protested the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Protesters block traffic Thursday, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Protesters block traffic Thursday, June 21, 2018, on the Parkway East (I-376) following the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by an East Pittsburgh police officer.
Christian Carter, 18, of East Liberty leads chants Thursday,  June 21, 2018, during the second night of protests following the shooting death of Antwon Rose by East Pittsburgh police.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Christian Carter, 18, of East Liberty leads chants Thursday, June 21, 2018, during the second night of protests following the shooting death of Antwon Rose by East Pittsburgh police.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for Antwon Rose's family, raises a fist as the second night of protests concerning the 17-year-old's death get under way Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Lee Merritt, an attorney for Antwon Rose's family, raises a fist as the second night of protests concerning the 17-year-old's death get under way Thursday, June 21, 2018.
An woman makes a sign Thursday, June 21, 2018, prior to a gathering outside the East Pittsburgh police headquarters to protest the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by one of its officers.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
An woman makes a sign Thursday, June 21, 2018, prior to a gathering outside the East Pittsburgh police headquarters to protest the shooting death on Tuesday of Antwon Rose by one of its officers.
State Troopers arrive in riot gear after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
State Troopers arrive in riot gear after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
Christian Carter, 18, of East Liberty leads the crowd after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Christian Carter, 18, of East Liberty leads the crowd after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
A woman raises her in front of stopped traffic after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A woman raises her in front of stopped traffic after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
A woman chants Antwon Rose's name after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A woman chants Antwon Rose's name after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
State Police talk to a truck driver after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
State Police talk to a truck driver after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student. Thomas was the only marcher arrested.
A woman chants Antwon Rose's name after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018  to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
A woman chants Antwon Rose's name after more than 150 people took over the Parkway East in both directions, Thursday, June 22, 2018 to protest East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld East fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student.

The Parkway East was cleared of protesters at about 2:20 a.m. Friday morning after it had been shut down for nearly 5.5 hours by people protesting the shooting death of Antwon Rose by a police officer.

Traffic began moving on interstate about 10 minutes later.

More than 150 people initially took over the Parkway East on Thursday night in both directions to protest Rose's death.

At 2:30 a.m. Friday, the parkway reopened in both directions near the 78B Wilkinsburg exit for the first time since about 9 p.m. Thursday.

As police moved in, the number of protesters had dwindled significantly, and nearly all of the stragglers climbed over the guardrails and left.

One person was known to have been arrested. Ciora Thomas stayed on the parkway and said she was willing to be arrested to protest Rose's death.

Police at 2 a.m. issued a warning giving the remaining people that they had five minutes to disperse or face arrest. Police in riot gear at either end of the closed portion of the interstate started walking slowly toward the remaining protesters in between.

Before that, police from various jurisdictions surrounded them but made no attempt to disperse the crowd.

At that point, the parkway had been closed for about five hours and 20 minutes.

Cars had been cleared of the highway by police who instructed them to turn around in get off at the nearest ramp. But a few tractor-trailer rigs were forced to sit on the block highway for the entire closure because they were too big to turn around.

Earlier protestors shouted, "No justice, no peace." The crowd remained peaceful, and many protesters at that time vowed to remain throughout the night.

Police first warned the protesters shortly before 1 a.m. Friday that police would soon move in to arrest them, but police didn't move for more than an hour and neither did some protesters.

Instead, protesters linked arms: "Say his name, Antwon Rose Jr."


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Earlier, many sat down on the road, while chanting: "What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now," and "Shut it down. Shut it down."

Thursday's protest came two days after authorities say East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, shot Rose, a Woodland Hills student, as he ran from a vehicle stopped by police about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Viral video of the incident shows Rose, 17, being shot in the back within seconds of running from the car.

Summer Lee, Democratic candidate for the state 34th House District, arrived on the scene at 10 p.m. handing out voter registration forms and encouraging young protesters to vote.

"We will register you right now," she said. "And in November, every single person who is here is going to send a message. We are not going to forget why we came here today. We are not just going to fight power, we are going to take power."

The second night of protests began at 6 p.m. in front of the East Pittsburgh police station, as the crowd marched through Forest Hills on Ardmore Boulevard to the parkway.

By 9 p.m., the parkway was shut down.

Artishae Thompson of West Mifflin said she saw the protests online and drove to Forest Hills to join the crowd. She parked and started walking toward the parkway.

She clutched a pillowcase that she had written on with marker. It read: "Antwon Rose. RWG. Save our youth. Stop the violence."

"I'm so tired of this violence," she said. "I'm not even talking about race. We all need to come together. Everyone is so divided."

Protests outside the police station Wednesday evening blocked streets and lasted through the rain.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the Allegheny County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon demanding justice for Rose .

Staff writer Ben Schmitt contributed. Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-850-2867, jmartines@tribweb.com or in Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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