Sheriff says most work complete in investigation of Tamir Rice’s death

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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney provided an update on the investigation into the death of Tamir Rice Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22 for a report of a male with a gun. Cleveland police said officers warned 12-year-old Rice to drop the weapon before they shot and killed him. They later learned the gun was airsoft.

Pinkney said his investigators read thousands of pages of documents, conducted search warrants and interviewed witnesses. He would not put a deadline on the investigation.

"As you can see, we have been tirelessly working on this investigation," Pinkey said. "While a few more witnesses need to be interviewed and more forensic evidence needs to be collected, a majority of our work is complete."

Last week, the boy’s mother, Samaria Rice, held a news conference, asking why the investigation was taking so long. At the end of Pinkney's statement, family members shouted "Justice for Tamir."

Continuing coverage of the death of Tamir Rice here.

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