Today, more than a year after Cleveland police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a grand jury voted not to indict the shooter. Tamir's family is saddened and disappointed by this outcome-but not surprised.
Experts including biomechanics Ph.D. show officers' testimony in Tamir Rice police-shooting case to be physically impossible; Tamir shot in under one second while his hands were in his pockets.
Representatives of the mother, sister, and estate administrator of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy whom Cleveland police officers shot and killed in November 2014, wrote to the Department of Justice today formally requesting that the federal government intervene to investigate both the boy's death and local prosecutor Timothy McGinty's handling of the case.
Prosecutor McGinty should recall the officers responsible for 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death back to the grand jury and vigorously cross examine them. Under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, by taking the oath and reading prepared statements to the grand jury-as the officers' counsel and union has admitted they did-the officers waived their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. For any prosecutor to tolerate targets of investigation failing to testify-and to fail to seek a court order forcing them to do so-is to throw the case. Vigorous cross examination exposes the truth. Failing to cross examine shows disinterest in the truth. No civilian target of any other homicide investigation would ever be afforded such special treatment.
For the prosecutor to allow police officers who are supposed to be targets of a criminal investigation to submit unsworn statements in response to grand-jury subpoenas requiring live testimony is yet again a stunning irregularity that further taints these proceedings. No ordinary citizen who is under investigation would be afforded this special treatment.