Tamir Rice: Family and local leaders renew call for justice - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Tamir Rice: Family and local leaders renew call for justice

12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed Nov. 22, 2014. (Source: Family) 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed Nov. 22, 2014. (Source: Family)
Press conference on the steps of Justice Center. (Source: WOIO) Press conference on the steps of Justice Center. (Source: WOIO)
About 50 people on the steps of the Justice Center. (Source: WOIO) About 50 people on the steps of the Justice Center. (Source: WOIO)
Rally at the Justice Center. (Source: WOIO) Rally at the Justice Center. (Source: WOIO)
Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, along with her attorneys Benjamin L. Crump, Walter Madison and Daryl Parks, and Dr. R.A. Vernon gathered Monday to talk about developments in the death investigation of the 12-year-old.

"It's so sad that the face of police brutality in America is going to be the 12-year-old face of Tamir Rice," said Attorney Crump from the front steps of the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland.

Tamir was killed while playing with a pellet gun outside the Cudell Recreation Center on November 22, 2014.

Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann responded to a report of someone with a gun at that location. Surveillance video shows Loehmann shot Tamir within two seconds of his car stopping at that scene.

Monday, Tamir's legal team pulled no punches and neither did his family.

"We have seen the video. There have been re-enactments and if they can't give this case the time and manpower and effort that it deserves, turn it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigations," said Tamir's great uncle Mike.

Crump points to criminal charges already filed against police officers across the country in incidents of deadly force that happened after Tamir's death.

"After five months and counting no one has been charged. No one has been held accountable for the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. It breaks his mom's heart every day that goes by that nobody is held accountable," added Crump.

Cleveland has a 90-day deadline for use of deadly force but in January, the department handed their probe over to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office which has no policy.

"Less than a second my son is gone and I want to know how long I have to wait for justice," said Samaria Rice.

The news conference came on the heels of last month's reenactment of the deadly shooting by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

On April 26, investigators recreated the scene and for more than an hour, a camera that could rotate 360 degrees snapped images that will hopefully give investigators more information. 

Tamir's death was ruled a homicide.

Tamir Rice's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police officers that were involved.

In response to Monday's news conference, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued this statement:

"The Estate for Tamir Rice sued the City and Police Officers Garmback and Loehmann. The City's Law Department represents all the defendants. The Law Department already has filed an answer to the complaint on behalf of the City. On behalf of the Cleveland Police Officers, the Law Department filed a motion to stay the civil lawsuit until the criminal investigation and any further proceedings related to that are completed. The attorneys for the Rice Family have opposed that motion asking the Court to proceed with the civil lawsuit. The Cleveland Police officers will have an opportunity to respond to that opposition and then the matter will be left to the Court to decide."

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