Sheriff says most work complete in investigation of Tamir Rice’s death

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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney provided an update on the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22 for a report of a male with a gun. Cleveland police said officers warned 12-year-old Rice to drop the weapon before they shot and killed him. They later learned the gun was airsoft.

Pinkney said his investigators read thousands of pages of documents, conducted search warrants and interviewed witnesses. He would not put a deadline on the investigation.

"As you can see, we have been tirelessly working on this investigation," Pinkey said. "While a few more witnesses need to be interviewed and more forensic evidence needs to be collected, a majority of our work is complete."

Last week, the boy’s mother, Samaria Rice, held a news conference, asking why the investigation was taking so long. At the end of Pinkney's statement, family members shouted "Justice for Tamir."

Continuing coverage of the death of Tamir Rice here.

Jen Steer May 12, 201510:48 am

Public information officer for Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office says we will start promptly at 11, the sheriff will read a statement and there will be no questions.

Jen Steer May 12, 201511:02 am

Tamir Rice’s cousin and a few other family members are here.

Jen Steer May 12, 201511:03 am

Sheriff Clifford Pinkney says he will provide a timeline for what his office has done in the investigation. He says he will not give an arbitrary deadline.

Jen Steer May 12, 201511:04 am

Pinkney says the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office was asked to take over the investigation at the end of 2014, on Jan. 2 his officer received a redacted file from the city of Cleveland.

Jen Steer May 12, 201511:05 am

Pinkney says after receiving the files, the investigation could really begin. His investigators went through thousands of pages of documents, issued subpoenas and conducted interviews.

Jen Steer May 12, 201511:10 am

Pinkney says for the most part the investigation is over. He ends his statement.

Jen Steer May 12, 201511:10 am

Three of Tamir’s cousins shouted “Justice for Tamir” as the sheriff left the room. Someone said “Are you kidding me?”