No justice, no LeBron: Tamir Rice supporters call on James to sit out

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CLEVELAND– As the Cavaliers were playing the Suns in Phoenix Monday night, a group on Twitter was calling for the team’s star to sit out.

The hashtag #NoJusticeNoLeBron was in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Some advocates hoped LeBron James would not play to bring attention to the issue.

Officers were responding to reports of a male with a gun outside the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland’s west side on Nov. 22, 2014 when they encountered the 12-year-old. Police said Rice did not follow commands to drop the weapon, which they later learned was airsoft.

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On Monday, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced the grand jury, which heard testimony from the officers and Tamir’s mother, decided against charges.