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Police Killings and Violence Are Driving Black People Crazy

Two new studies point to how police killings and violence harm the mental health of African Americans and students—even those who have not been exposed to the incidents.
In downtown Pittsburgh, marchers pass a city plow truck parked in the middle of the road as they protest the shooting death of Antwon Rose Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Rose was fatally shot by a police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop June 19, in the suburb of East Pittsburgh.
In downtown Pittsburgh, marchers pass a city plow truck parked in the middle of the road as they protest the shooting death of Antwon Rose Jr. on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Rose was fatally shot by a police officer seconds after he fled a traffic stop June 19, in the suburb of East Pittsburgh. Keith Srakocic/AP

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has filed homicide charges against the East Pittsburgh police officer, Michael Rosefeld, who shot and killed the unarmed teenager Antwon Rose Jr. This was one of the top demands of people who’ve been protesting the killing. Zappala also cleared Rose of any wrongdoing.

This announcement comes two days after Rose’s loved ones gathered at Woodland Hills Intermediate School for his funeral. While the service was reserved for family, friends, and schoolmates, it’s clear that his death has made an impression on many people outside of this community. The protests held over the last week were led by people who live across the Pittsburgh region, and his death was commemorated on social media by celebrity figures who are thousands of miles removed the area.