A Pittsburgh jury on Friday unanimously found that a white police officer did not commit murder when he fatally shot black teenager Antwon Rose, an incident that sparked protests and fueled a debate about racial bias in the US criminal justice system.
East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, shot Rose, 17, as he fled from a car along with an 18-year-old associate who has since pleaded guilty to carrying out a drive-by shooting from the vehicle.
"This case had nothing to with race. Certain people in the city have made it that way, and that's sad," Patrick Thomassey, Rosfeld's lawyer, told reporters outside the courtroom.
The shooting was one of a series of high-profile US police killings of unarmed black teens and men.