Tough questions for county prosecutor amid Tamir Rice investigation

Tough questions for county prosecutor amid Tamir Rice investigation

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland 19 News has learned via an affidavit that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty is being asked some very tough questions, specifically
what evidence and reports is he showing to the grand jury regarding the Tamir Rice case.

It has been almost one year since the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland Police Officer and the case has not been wrapped up.

Rick Nagin with the Tamir Rice Justice Committee tells our Scott Taylor that he approached McGinty earlier this month at a Democratic Party meeting at City Hall in Fairview Park, where the county prosecutor was the featured speaker.

Nagin says he asked McGinty if he planned to give the grand jury a look at Judge Ronald Adrine's opinion, which states that Officer Timothy Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback should be criminally charged.

"As soon as I asked him about Judge Adrine he became very agitated and said Judge Adrine hasn't given him anything," Nagin said.

McGinty is giving the grand jury two reports that he commissioned from experts that suggest the officers did not break any laws.

In an affidavit signed by Nagin, he claims that in regards to presenting the judge's probable cause to people who make up the grand jury, McGinty told him "they read the newspaper".

"I was hoping to discuss it with him in a calm way. He just didn't want to talk about it at all," Nagin said.

McGinty would not comment on our story.

Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra issued this statement:

"Prosecutor McGinty claimed he'd present all relevant information to the grand jury and invited the world to provide him with such information. Yet his disturbing evasion when asked whether he'll present the grand jury with Judge Adrine's opinion that probable cause exists to charge the officers, his refusal to say he'll present Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich's opinion that a jury must decide the officers' guilt, his continued personal praise of his so-called "experts" and their reports and his refusal to say he'll give the grand jury the information undermining their credibility, and his nasty and unprofessional attack on Ms. Rice—all leads the Rice family to the devastating conclusion that the process is a charade. The prosecutor is, the family believes, trying to avoid accountability for the officers—and trying to avoid accountability for himself in the way he is going about it."

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