Faith and community leaders react to Tamir Rice findings

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CLEVELAND--Faith leaders from Cleveland and beyond are weighing in on the expert witness findings that conclude the shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, was justified.

On Sunday afternoon, a small group of social activists along with a reverend who leads the Stop Mass Incarceration Network responded to the findings. They believe the "tragic but reasonable" justification of the shooting was the wrong call.

The group gathered at the Cudell Rec Center, in the same outside park area where Rice was shot in November of 2014.

Meanwhile, Dr. R.A. Vernon of The Word Church also weighed in on the findings that were released over the weekend.

He has been out in the community promoting peace and is a man of faith. He disagrees with the expert witnesses and tells Fox 8 the actions of the officers were far from reasonable.

"My heart is sad, I think if it was their child, they wouldn't think it was so reasonable," he said. "Cleveland and the whole nation is saddened by that young man losing his life. I have a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old and it would just break my heart if they lost their life playing in a public space with a play gun.

"I don't think the officer went there with the intention that day to klll Tamir, but he did, and you have to take responsibility for that."

Prosecutor Tim McGinty explained the expert witness findings will be presented to a grand jury and that jury will decide whether any charges will be filed.

The prosecutor said he is not reaching any conclusions based on these reports.

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