Tamir Rice protesters march through downtown Cleveland streets

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CLEVELAND-- A group of protesters gathered outside the Cuyahoga County Justice Center and took their demonstration to the streets of Cleveland on Tuesday.

Members of the groups Black on Black Crime and Black Man's Army held signs and chanted "No justice, no peace," while demanding justice for 12-year-old Tamir Rice. They also called for the resignation of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

Just before 4 p.m., the group of 50 to 60 began marching down Lakeside Avenue. They made a brief attempt to get onto the Shoreway, which was blocked by police cruisers.

The protesters also tried to get onto Interstate 90 and Interstate 71 at East 9th Street, where police informed them anyone walking on the highway would be arrested. The group made stops in front of Quicken Loans Arena, in Playhouse Square, at East Fourth Street and by the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.

Just a handful of demonstrators remained at about 8 p.m.


On Monday, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office announced a grand jury decided not to indict the two officers involved in the shooting death of Rice.

Cleveland Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were called to Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014 for a report of a male with a gun. Prosecutors said Loehmann shot Rice when he didn't drop the weapon, which turned out to be airsoft. The 12-year-old died the next day.

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More than 50 people are marching down Ontario Street and just reached St. Clair Avenue.

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The group just passed the convention center on Ontario and continues to move towards Public Square.

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Cleveland police cars are blocking intersections as the protesters move through downtown. Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford says there are mounted cops following the group as well.

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Protesters moving down East 9th towards the Shoreway.

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Cops are blocking the Shoreway

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Protesters on East 9th deciding on next move. Police on bullhorn saying they have been warned not to cross the cop cars. 

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Protesters staging a die-in on East 9th and Lakeside 

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Organizers tell those with children to return to the Justice Center as the rest of the group continues to march through downtown Cleveland.

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Protesters now at East 9th and Rockwell.

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Protesters shouting “Shut it down” at about East 9th Street and Euclid.

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Blocking East 9th Street and Euclid

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Father of Terrence Kellom, who was killed on April 27, 2015. The Detroit ICE agent was not charged.

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Protesters are in front of Progressive Field now.

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Cleveland police cars are blocking the on ramps.

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Movement on the protest comes to a halt. They are still on East 9th near I-71 and I-90 ramps.

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Police Chief Calvin Williams at the protest. Officer announces if protesters go onto freeway they will be arrested.

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The group remains at East 9th Street and Carnegie Avenue. They are blocking the intersection in a big square.

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Officers talking to protesters now, explaining they are warning people and not trying to antagonize. 

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Protesters are back on the move.

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Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford says a few protesters tried to get onto the freeway ramp, but were stopped by police.

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The protesters are marching down Carnegie. Not a lot of traffic in downtown Cleveland tonight. 

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Protesters are Carnegie and Ontario 

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The group is on Ontario, shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

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Protesters now at Ontario and Huron.

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The protesters are milling around in front of The Q at about Ontario Street and Huron Road.

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Still around The Q.

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Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford estimates about half of the protesters are from Detroit and New York.

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The protesters are staying around The Q. The Lake Erie Monsters are set to play at 7 p.m. so there is some traffic around the arena.

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Heavy police presence outside The Q so fans going to the Monsters game can do so safely.

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The protesters are moving again. We have a crew following them.

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Protesters now at Huron Road and East 13th Street. Still on the move.

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Protesters moving down Euclid Avenue towards Public Square.

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Group stopped at Euclid and East Fourth Street.

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Please go easy on our cameramen. They have been lugging around gear in the cold for the past few hours so they occasionally need a break.

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Protesters shouting “Justice or else” and “We must support each other.” They are calling for Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s resignation.

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“We must love each other and support each other.”

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Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford estimates there are about 15 to 20 protesters are remaining.

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Many of the local activists, like Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc., have left.

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Protesters out in front of the Horseshoe Casino.

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Justice Center