CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams sat down with reporters Tuesday morning regarding yesterday's decision in the Tamir Rice case.
It was announced Monday that a grand jury decided officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback will not face criminal charges in connection with the Nov. 22, 2014 shooting death of the 12-year-old.
Rice was shot and killed at Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland after a 911 caller reported a male in the area waving a gun. The officers say they believed the gun was real when they arrived on scene. They said they ordered Rice to drop the weapon before Loehmann fired.
It turns out that Rice had an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun.
Now that the criminal review is over, an administrative review will take place. A report will be put together, presented to Jackson and then presented to the public, he said.
Jackson emphasized the city will take whatever time is required to "do the right thing in terms of due process."
At one point during his remarks, he appeared to become emotional when talking about the importance of that process and how seriously the city takes the entire ordeal. He also referred to the 2012 deadly chase and shooting in East Cleveland.
"A 12-year-old has lost his life," Jackson said. "A 12-year-old has died. And in East Cleveland two people died. And we take that seriously. We do soul-searching on these kinds of things."
Jackson was asked if he is worried that the city is being viewed in a negative way across the country in light of the case. He said he doesn't want to be viewed negatively, but he's not going to try to prove himself to anyone else.
He said instead, he will work internally and "stay on top of things" and not get caught up on how others view the city.
For more from the press conference, read the blog below.
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