Cuyahoga County prosecutor candidate pushes for new system for police shootings

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CLEVELAND– The man hoping to unseat Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty in the next election is proposing a new system for investigating and prosecuting police shootings.

The campaign for Michael O’Malley is announcing a new system he would follow that would begin with the investigation.

O’Malley’s campaign said if he’s elected, he would have the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation called in to investigate every shooting by police in Cuyahoga County, no matter the town. O’Malley would have the state attorney general’s office take the case to a grand jury and handle any prosecution.

This became an issue recently in the case of the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Prosecutor McGinty’s office took the case to a grand jury, despite calls for an outside agency to handle it.

Days ago though, McGinty also released a series of suggestions for future police shooting cases, including a call for outside agencies to investigate and a recommendation for the attorney general’s office to be able to prosecute.