'Cleveland 8' release open letter criticizing actions in Tamir Rice case
The so-called "Cleveland 8," a group of clergy and activists, released a video and open letter criticizing what they call the abuse of the grand jury process in the Tamir Rice case.
The group is critical of prosecutors for taking the case to a grand jury instead of pressing charges themselves.
The open letter claims municipal and county prosecutors disregarded Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine's June 11 ruling of Probable Cause in the death of 12-year-old Tamir.
The group used an Ohio law to take the case to a judge earlier this year. While he had no authority to prosecute, he did find probable cause for a number of charges against the two officers involved in the fatal shooting.
Tamir Rice was shot and killed on November 22, 2014, by Officer Timothy Loehmann.
Officer Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback responded to the Cudell Rec Center after someone called 911 to say a male was waving a gun.
Surveillance video shows Officer Loehmann shot Rice within two seconds of his car stopping at that scene.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty released a statement in response to the "Cleveland 8" Wednesday evening:
"The Grand Jury does not issue indictments based on letters from political activists, even well-intentioned ones. That would be an affront to our Constitution. That jury of citizens will hear all of the evidence from the witnesses and experts under oath and make a decision based on the law -- not politics. That has been the policy and practice since 2012 of this County Prosecutor's Office in all fatal use of deadly force cases involving law enforcement officers, and it will not be compromised for political expediency."
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