In the early 2000s, iconic cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris underwent a "rebranding" that included a name change to "Altria." Some viewed the move as a thinly veiled effort to associate with altruism a company that made some of the deadliest products in human history, and to give consumers the sense that the company was good. The name change took place amidst a flurry of litigation accusing the company of lying to consumers about cigarettes' cancerous effects and addictiveness.
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.
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