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Rosfeld wrongful termination lawsuit dismissed

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said there was no evidence to suggest Rosfeld's resignation was coerced under duress.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

August 12, 2020

Rosfeld filed a civil complaint in January against the University, Pitt police Chief James Loftus and Kathy Humphrey, the senior vice chancellor for engagement, for allegedly violating his due process rights and the 14th Amendment in his Jan. 18, 2018 termination.

Rosfeld wrongful termination lawsuit dismissed, but open to amendment

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said there was no evidence to suggest Rosfeld's resignation was coerced under duress.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

May 12, 2020

A federal judge dismissed former Pitt police officer Michael Rosfeld’s lawsuit in federal court against the University Tuesday.

Ex-police officer acquitted in Antwon Rose case sues Pitt

Ex-Pitt police officer Michael Rosfeld filed a civil complaint against the University alleging that Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement Kathy Humphrey “intervened with and acted in concert” with Pitt police Chief James Loftus after he arrested Humphrey’s son outside of Garage Door Saloon in 2017.

By Jon Moss, News Editor

January 16, 2020

Ex-Pitt police officer Michael Rosfeld filed a civil complaint against the University, Pitt police Chief James Loftus and Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement Kathy Humphrey on Thursday for allegedly violating his due process rights and the 14th Amendment in his Jan. 18, 2018, termination.

Downtown protests against Rosfeld verdict focus on change, solidarity

Protesters marched from Freedom Corner in the Hill District to Market Square, where they continued their demonstration.

By Neena Hagen, Senior Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

A jury acquitted Rosfeld Friday after only four hours of deliberation, which drew peaceful protesters to the Hill District neighborhood less than 24 hours later.

Editorial: Rosfeld decision isn’t surprising, still disappointing

Following Michael Rosfeld’s acquittal on Friday night, protests continued in Oakland Saturday afternoon.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 24, 2019

The time it took for the jury to reach a decision compared to the gravity of the crime shows how little we value the lives of young black men in America.

Justice for Antwon Protest in Oakland

March 24, 2019

Following the announcement on March 22 of a not guilty verdict in the trial of former Pitt police officer Micheal Rosfeld, protestors took to the streets of the Oakland campus showing their disagreement with the jury’s decision. The march began in Schenley Plaza at about 5pm and shut down numerous intersections as it paraded along Bigelow Boulevard and Atwood Street, as well as Fifth and Forbes Avenues. Beginning with a group of almost 50 people, the protest grew in number as it went.

Oakland protests white officer’s acquittal

Pitt Police officers blocked the Fifth Avenue entrance to Litchfield Towers as protesters filled the street.

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 23, 2019

Organizers of Saturday’s protests had three demands: The dismissal of the district attorney, the dismissal of a much-criticized police union president and the creation of a police review board.

Gunshots fired into office of Michael Rosfeld’s attorney

Telmar Palmer was charged Sept. 1 with invasion of privacy and attempted indecent assault.

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor

March 23, 2019

Gunshots were fired overnight into the office of Michael Rosfeld's defense attorney, Pat Thomassey. The approximate time of the shooting has yet to be determined.

Jury finds Rosfeld not guilty in Rose shooting case

Protesters gathered outside the Allegheny County Courthouse in June to protest Antwon Rose's death. (TPN File Photo)

By Brian Gentry and Emily Wolfe

March 22, 2019

Michael Rosfeld, a white former Pitt Police officer, was found not guilty of the June 19, 2018 shooting of black 17-year-old Antwon Rose Friday evening.

Pitt files response to Rose suit

In a new court filing from Pitt’s lawyers, Pitt disputed allegations filed by Rose’s parents, saying East Pittsburgh never requested a copy of Rosfeld’s file for review before hiring him in June 2018.

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

March 18, 2019

A lawsuit from Antwon Rose Jr.’s family alleged that negligence from Pitt led to the shooting of the teenager by an East Pittsburgh police officer last year. But Pitt says East Pittsburgh never reviewed the officer’s file.

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