Peaceful meetings and protests are being held today in Cleveland, OH for a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside of a recreational center on November 22, 2014.
The Cleveland Police Department, the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, The Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority and various nearby churches are gathering to discuss how to move forward following the decision.
Mayor Frank Jackson is holding a news conference this morning as well on the case, the second he’s held since yesterday’s announcement of the non-indictment from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.
Puncture The Silence, originally formed against mass incarceration of Blacks and now geared towards combatting police brutality, is convening at 3 pm this afternoon local time outside of the Justice Center Complex in downtown Cleveland.
The grand jury says they didn’t indict Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, the officers who murdered Rice outside of the Cudell Recreation Center because they say there was no way to know if Rice’s gun was fake. The toy gun was supposed to have an orange tip, indicating it was a pellet gun. Furthermore, the dispatcher never clarified the the gun likely wasn’t real, a miscommunication that the jury concluded made the officers justified in their decision to shoot the boy dead.
Peaceful protests began last night outside of the Cleveland Police District Headquarters.
The Department of Justice insists that the case of Tamir Rice’s death is not over, as it is leading its own independent review. US Attorney Steve Dettelbach issued a statement on Monday saying:
“The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been monitoring the investigation that has been conducted regarding the death of Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, 2014.
“We will continue our independent review of this matter, assess all available materials and determine what actions are appropriate, given the strict burdens and requirements imposed by applicable federal civil rights laws.
“Additionally, the Department of Justice continues in its efforts to pursue ongoing and comprehensive reform pursuant to the consent decree in the federal, civil pattern and practice case filed before Chief Judge Solomon Oliver in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.”
Stay tuned at HelloBeautiful for more details on the case.