Protests erupted in Pittsburgh following the police-involved shooting of Antwon Rose. What we know so far is that Rose was shot in his face, right arm and the middle of his back. Antwon was a passenger in a car that authorities suspected of being involved in an earlier shooting in nearby Braddock. That car was cleared in the earlier shooting. The shooter was later identified as Zaijuan Hester, a juvenile… but police are like a dog with a bone. Once they latch onto an idea, it’s nearly impossible to convince them otherwise. That gusto behind Rose’s presumption of guilt led to an officer killing him like a dog in the street. The expendable view of black life led to protests gripping the streets of Pittsburgh. The disregard for black life is so apparent, an officer was placed on desk duty for a Facebook interaction in which he “celebrated” the death of Jimmy Wopo. Wopo is another black male killed in Pittsburgh. The most glaring evidence of the disregard for black life come from city councilman, Greg Wagner.
Wagner has been arrested for doing the unthinkable. The Pennsylvania councilman did not care about the people’s right to protest. He didn’t care that Rose was a human being. He didn’t care that you’re supposedly “innocent until proven guilty.” All he cared about was getting to wherever he was headed. Wagner drove a black Mercedes Benz into a crowd of demonstrators. Fortunately, only two people were injured.
People are now calling for the 58-year-old Wagner to step down from his Bell Acres Borough Council position.
“That was just not professional and I feel like he thought he wasn’t going to get caught,” said 20-year-old Brianna Williams.
“I got hit directly. I have a sprained knee and a fractured hip,” Williams explained. “I’ve been off work a whole week due to the ignorant behavior. I can barely stand.”
“The outcome could have been way more serious. We had kids down there,” Williams said. “Lucky, no kids got hit and hospitalized.”
Brock Meanor, another councilmember has responded to questions stating that the council has advised members not to comment on the city councilman’s actions and directed all inquiries to the city solicitor, Robert Max Junker.
Wagner has been charged with three counts of recklessly endangering another person and two summary traffic violations — careless driving and driving the wrong way, according to court records. He has also lost his position as a volunteer lacrosse coach at Sewickley Academy. The city councilman’s preliminary hearing is set for July 11. He was released from custody on his own recognizance.
The incident, caught on video, happened at the intersection of Tony Dorsett Drive and West General Robinson Street just before 10 p.m. Three people reported injuries to police, including one with a back injury and another with an ankle injury.
Sewickley Academy released this statement:
“Sewickley Academy is aware of the situation involving Mr. Greg Wagner, who volunteered at the school with our Middle School lacrosse program. We are deeply disappointed by such reckless behavior and express our sincere concern for those who were injured in the incident. While law enforcement will follow their processes, which we support, Sewickley Academy is committed to the health, safety, and welfare of our students and community members, and is severing its association with Mr. Wagner effective immediately.”