A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by former police officer Michael Rosfeld against the University of Pittsburgh, finding that he resigned his position there willingly — and under duress.
The 12-page opinion, issued by U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan, prohibits Rosfeld from further pursuing his complaint against Pitt, writing that he “once again failed to state a plausible claim for relief.”
Rosfeld was acquitted of homicide last year stemming from the June 19, 2018, shooting death of Antwon Rose II in East Pittsburgh. The 17-year-old was a passenger in a car that Rosfeld stopped following a drive-by shooting minutes earlier. Rose and another teen in the car fled, and Rosfeld shot Rose in the back three times. He was found not guilty by a Dauphin County jury.
Rosfeld had just started working at the now-defunct East Pittsburgh police department at the time of the shooting. He previously worked as an officer at Pitt from October 2012 to January 2018.
In the lawsuit he filed against the university, Rosfeld claimed he was forced from his position because he filed criminal charges against the son of a school official following an incident in December 2017 at the Garage Door Saloon in Oakland.
Several men were charged with assault after they became combative and were tossed out of the bar, but the charges were later withdrawn.
Rosfeld, however, said in his lawsuit, that he was placed on administrative leave the day after the Garage Door incident…