HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A group of legislative Democrats say shootings by police show a need to change Pennsylvania’s rules for when officers can use deadly force and to reform oversight and training.READ MORE: Coroner Called To Shooting In Donora
Members of the Legislative Black Caucus outlined an agenda Tuesday that includes having special prosecutors investigate police shootings.
Several lawmakers spoke of concerns about the fatal shooting in East Pittsburgh last year of unarmed teen Antwon Rose II by an officer who was acquitted.READ MORE: Pittsburgh City Council Preliminarily Passes Bill Banning Evictions During Pandemic
A lawyer for Rose’s family has attributed the verdict to Pennsylvania’s law on the use of force by police, which he believes is unconstitutional.
A House Republican spokesman says they’re willing to discuss how to hold accountable people who abuse power, but not at the expense of unfairly burdening police.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Doctor Says Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Available In More Places
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