Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of Cleveland's biggest police union says officers have been testifying before a grand jury about the fatal shooting by a white officer of a 12-year-old black boy carrying a pellet gun last November.


Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said officers testified about the Tamir Rice case last week and on Monday. Loomis wouldn't discuss the officers' testimony but says an attorney accompanied them and they've "cooperated fully."


Rice Family, Attorneys, Call For Special Prosecutor

Oct 19, 2015
Samaria Rice talks to a group of demonstrators during a recent event in Cleveland.
Brian Bull / WCPN

The family of Tamir Rice has asked the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor to step aside and let a special prosecutor investigate the incident. Last fall, the 12-year-old was shot by a Cleveland police officer outside a recreation center near his home. The family and their attorneys say Tim McGinty will not do the case justice.

Samaria Rice (center) speaking at a previous press conference about the police shooting of her 12-year-old son, Tamir Rice. Attorney Benjamin Crump is on the right.
Nick Castele / WCPN

Two expert reports requested by prosecutors say a Cleveland police officer’s actions were reasonable when he fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice. But local prosecutors say they’re not reaching conclusions yet.

The expert reports released Saturday night come from a former FBI agent and a Colorado prosecutor. They say the officer’s decision to shoot was reasonable given the circumstances and perception of a threat.

Sheriff: Majority Of Work Finished In Tamir Rice Investigation

May 13, 2015
Nick Castele / WCPN

The Cuyahoga County sheriff says the majority of the work is now done in the investigation into the shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by Cleveland police last November. This was the sheriff's first update on the case.

Sheriff Clifford Pinkney kept his remarks brief and took no questions from reporters. He walked through a basic outline of the case and said it was nearing completion.

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