Cleveland Community Asks Judge for Murder Charges in Tamir Rice Death

Community leaders plan Tuesday to use an obscure law to ask a Cleveland judge to file aggravated murder and manslaughter charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, according to the New York Times.

The leaders, wary of a law enforcement system that in recent months declined to prosecute several officers involved in the death of unarmed people around the nation, will invoke a rarely-used Ohio law that allows people to request criminal charges against others.

They plan to file six affidavits, seen by the Times, in municipal court.

The county prosecutor’s office has said it will present evidence to a grand jury in Rice’s case, which could take weeks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

Rice was fatally shot in November while he was in a park. Someone called 911 and reported he was playing with a gun that was likely “fake.” Video of the incident showed police pull up near Rice, with Officer Timothy Loehman quickly shooting him in the torso. Rice was carrying a toy gun.


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