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Statement of Subodh Chandra, counsel for the family of Tamir Rice, upon Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office releasing supposed "expert reports" in an effort to absolve the officers involved in Tamir's death of responsibility:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

"The Rice family and Clevelanders have always said that they want the officers who rushed upon and killed 12-year-old Tamir held accountable."

"The family now believes that the prosecutor's office has been on an 11-month quest to avoid providing that accountability. Any presentation to a grand jury-without the prosecutor advocating for Tamir-is a charade. To get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash-when the world has the video of what happened-is all-the-more alarming.

These hired guns-all pro-police-dodge the simple fact that the officers rushed Tamir and shot him immediately without assessing the situation in the least. Reasonable jurors could find that conduct unreasonable. But they will never get the chance because the prosecutor is working diligently to ensure that there is no indictment and no accountability.

Who will speak for Tamir before the grand jury? Not the prosecutor, apparently."

The Rice family notes further that the the Prosecutor's office did not have the courtesy and decency to provide the family and their counsel copies of the reports, while the media were apparently given copies hours in advance. The Rice family had to learn from media that the release had taken place.

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