CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County prosecutors released a document that shows how the grand jurors chose not to issue criminal charges in the Tamir Rice case.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced the grand jury’s findings last month, and released a document Wednesday saying the grand jurors concluded the investigation into the case and have declined to issue criminal charges.
The document was signed by the Grand Jury foreman. “At the conclusion of the investigation, prosecutors instruct the Grand Jury on the law regarding police use of deadly force and on all potential criminal charges,” said Joe Frolic, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. “ The Grand Jury then privately deliberates and votes on the justification issue. If the Grand Jury decides that the fatal use of force was justified under the circumstances, then the Grand Jury investigation is concluded.”
The grand jurors met for several weeks before making a decision on the case.
Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014 outside of the Cudell Recreation Center. Police thought the gun Tamir had was real, it was an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun.
"More obfuscation from the prosecutor. The prosecutor and his assistants told us repeatedly that the investigation was taking so long so that all the evidence could be presented to the grand jury and so they could decide. Prosecutor McGinty left the world with the impression that the grand jury had voted not to indict the officers. Now we learn that they never took a vote to decide anything. This is an outrageous revelation and confirms the Rice family's suspicions about the machinations, manipulations, and duplicity of this prosecutor," said Atty. Subodh Chandra, one of the attorneys who represents the Rice family.