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Tamir Rice supporters march to demand charges against officers

Tamir Rice supporter at the march in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) Tamir Rice supporter at the march in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Rice family supporters who want charges brought against the officers involved in the Tamir Rice case. (Source: WOIO) Rice family supporters who want charges brought against the officers involved in the Tamir Rice case. (Source: WOIO)
Tamir Rice (Source: Family) Tamir Rice (Source: Family)

Supporters of Tamir Rice marched to the Cleveland Justice Center Thursday. Organizers say they have 60,000 signatures demanding that charges be filed against the police officers involved in the 12-year-old's death.

Tamir's cousin LaTonya Goldsby came up with the idea for the petition.

"It's been a long process for my family. You know we have been through the ringer and we are still standing firm. The purpose of us being down here today was to let the Cuyahoga County prosecutor know that this community is seeking justice for Tamir Rice," Goldsby said.

July 23 is the eight-month anniversary of the death of Tamir. On November 22, Tamir was shot by a Cleveland police officer after they received a report of a male with a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland.

He died the next day.

The gun turned out to be an Airsoft-type BB gun. The deadly incident remains under investigation and two police officers remain on paid leave.

According to the Cuyahoga County sheriff's investigation, Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fired the shot, was distraught and was overheard muttering something to the effect of he had a gun and reached for it after I told him to show his hands. The report has been turned over to the grand jury. 

Last month, a group of civil rights leaders, activists and clergy filed a number of citizens affidavits for probable cause in the shooting death.

A Cleveland Municipal Judge ruled there is probable cause to charge officers Loehmann and Frank Garmback, but did not issue any arrest warrants. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has said he will leave the decision to a grand jury. 

The petitions were circulated in person and online by the Tamir Rice Justice Committee. 

"I appreciate every person that took the time to sign my petition for Tamir and you know without the world behind us we wouldn't be able to fight this fight. While there are a lot of issues that affect this community, to have this much support behind our family is tremendous," said Goldsby.

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