Rice Family, Attorneys Call Out City and County for Lack of Action Since Tamir's Death

click to enlarge Rice Family, Attorneys Call Out City and County for Lack of Action Since Tamir's Death
"How long?"

The question — framed by a family's unconsoled pain, a city's unanswered concerns, an administration's public dithering, an investigation into the Nov. 22, 2014, shooting of Tamir Rice, and more — was posed on the steps of the Justice Center this afternoon as the Rice family and their attorneys called out city and county leaders over the past four months of silence on the matter of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. 

In speaking to the city's residents: "We want the sympathy now to turn into support. We want that support to say to the city of Cleveland that no longer will we stay idly by, no longer will we accept that this matter is still under investigation," attorney Walter Madison said.

It's been five months and 12 days since the shooting. The investigation is in the hands of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office. 

Throughout the press conference today, attorneys and family members referenced the fact that a video tape captures what happens before, during and after Tamir Rice's death — much like the video that captured the shooting death of Walter Scott in North Charleston, S.C., which resulted in criminal charges against Officer Michael Slager.

Toward the end of the meeting, attorney Benjamin Crump dismissed a question about Mayor Frank Jackson being called on to step down. He said that public accountability remains the most important need amid this investigation. 

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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