Events planned in Cleveland, nationwide as one year anniversary of Tamir Rice shooting approaches

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CLEVELAND - November 22, 2015 will mark one year since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by a Cleveland police officer in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center.

And it comes with new tension over the investigation. The family of Tamir is asking for criminal charges to be filed on the officers involved and a special prosecutor to be assigned, saying they have sent four letters to Prosecutor Tim McGinty detailing their concerns.

"He never responds," said Atty. Subodh Chandra, one of the attorneys representing the Rice family.

The Fox 8 I-Team also learned on Wednesday that Samaria Rice is to testify next week in front of the grand jury.

McGinty says it will be up to the grand jury to determine if any indictments should be issued.

Tamir was shot after the officer thought the 12-year-old was handling a real gun. It turned out to be an airsoft pistol that police say looks like a real gun.

Numerous events are scheduled throughout the community and country this weekend to remember Tamir Rice, including a children's march in New York Sunday afternoon.

Many will be held where the shooting took place on Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday, dozens of protestors are expected to gather downtown. Samaria Rice is expected to present a petition to the prosecutor's office with over 180,000 signatures on it asking for a special prosecutor.

McGinty has given no indication he will step aside. The grand jury began hearing the case a few weeks ago.

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