NAACP Files Petition To Release Tamir Rice Grand Jury Investigation
The death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was another moment in American history where you can recall where you were at when you heard the news. For me, an Ohio original (#330, what’s gucci?!) — I was on the job here in New York when the word hit the wire. It was debilitating to learn that a black child couldn’t even play with a toy in the park without someone thinking of him as a criminal.
Fast forward to 2017, and the Cleveland branch of the NAACP made plans to file a petition in court, calling for the release of the transcripts of the grand jury investigation into Tamir Rice’s death. Judge Nancy R. McDonnell, who is assigned to oversee the grand jury that handled the case. With support from Michael O’Malley, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor is encouraged by the NAACP to get the transcripts released.
The NAACP is looking into the case’s predecessor, Timothy J. McGinty, who recommended that the grand jury did not charge Timothy Loehmann or Frank Garmback in the death of the 12-year-old. They will also ask for details from the grand jury’s decisions. However, they are not asking for any testimony from any of the witnesses. If the transcripts are released, the NAACP will be able to determine whether McGinty actually asked the grand jury to “take a vote,” Cleveland NAACP co-president Michael Nelson said.
For those unfamiliar with the story of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old was sitting in a park with an airsoft pellet gun that had its orange tip removed. Officers Loehmann and Garmback arrived on the scene on Nov. 22, 2014 with the former shooting Tamir in less than two seconds from exiting the police cruiser outside of the Cudell Recreation Center.
The city of Cleveland announced earlier this month that the two officers will face internal disciplinary procedures for violating department policy.
H/T: Cleveland 19