Clergy ask prosecutor McGinty to step aside in Tamir Rice case

Clergy ask prosecutor McGinty to step aside in Tamir Rice case
Tamir Rice (Source: Family)
Tamir Rice (Source: Family)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Community activists are calling for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to step aside in the Tamir Rice investigation before the grand jury comes back with its decision.

Cleveland area clergy met at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Cleveland's east side on Thursday. They said McGinty has shown he is not competent and he needs to go.

"We're not here to discuss the issue of guilt or innocence, we are here to discuss the judicial process or the legal process that leads us to the consideration of innocence or guilt," Olivet Pastor Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin said. "It is the duty of the county prosecutor to ensure due process and justice is served at all times."

The community advocates are recommending an independent investigator be appointed.

"Public trust in the county prosecutor's offices' ability to conduct its role as a representative of the people's interest has been significantly compromised," Colvin said.

These faith leaders are casting a vote of no confidence in McGinty, saying they can't trust him to be fair and impartial.

"McGinty not only has to step aside now, McGinty must go period," said pastor William Myers, with the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland.

One after another, they spoke of their disappointment in McGinty's unwillingness so far to step aside in favor of an independent special prosecutor.

"I have lost confidence in the prosecutor's independence of mind and judgment in this case," said Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, of Anche Chesed Fairmount Temple. "Strategic leaks, for instance, of information that says a shooting is justified simply amplifies all the stereotypes."

The family has also asked for a special prosecutor to be appointed to the case.

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