County Prosecutor Requests Sheriff's Review of Officer Roger Jones in Shooting Death of Kenny Smith

The Associated Press is reporting that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is requesting a review of Officer Roger Jones' actions on March 10, 2012 — the night he shot and killed 20-year-old rapper Kenny Smith downtown.

What's noteworthy here is that in 2014, McGinty ruled the shooting “justified" and hailed Jones for "correctly and heroically [taking] action to protect the safety of the citizens of Cleveland." 

“We want to make sure it’s looked at with a fresh set of eyes and see what they come up with,” prosecutor spokesman Joe Frolik told the Northeast Ohio Media Group

Earlier this month, Smith's family was awarded $5.5 million by a federal jury in a civil case that found that Jones had used excessive force.

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