PITTSBURGH, PA – If Michael Rosfeld hadn’t left his job as as a University of Pittsburgh police officer earlier this year, he likely wouldn’t have sought a job in East Pittsburgh. If he hadn’t been hired as an officer there, he would not be facing criminal homicide charges today.
That’s why considerable interest exists over his departure from Pitt, a departure stemming from a December incident at the Garage Door Saloon. That’s an Oakland tavern much more famous for what it once was – the legendary nightspot the Decade – than what it is today.
Rosfeld is the East Pittsburgh police officer charged with killing Antwon Rose, 17. Rosfeld shot the unarmed Woodland Hills High School student to death June 19 as he fled from a vehicle the officer had stopped because it had been involved in a drive-by shooting minutes before in nearby North Braddock.
Rosfeld had been formally sworn in as an East Pittsburgh officer barely an hour before the shooting and had been on the force for just a few weeks. Before being hired in East Pittsburgh, he had been a Pitt police officer since 2012.
He kept the peace at places such as the Garage Door, where he helped arrest three men in December who allegedly were misbehaving. They were hit with a series of charges that included simple assault and disorderly conduct.
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette those charges were dropped because the charges couldn’t be proven based on the evidence available. Sources…