Activists Deliver Petitions Seeking Arrest Of Tamir Rice Shooters
Eight months ago a white Cleveland police officer shot and killed an African-American boy carrying a pellet gun outside of a recreation center. Thursday, family and supporters of 12-year old Tamir Rice delivered more than 60-thousand petition signatures to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office calling for the arrests of the officers involved. Kevin Niedermier of member station WKSU in Kent reports.
Protesters gathered on the steps of the County Justice Center calling for the case to move forward. Tamir Rice’s cousin, LaTonya Goldsby, says surveillance video of the shooting at a city recreation center contradicts much of what police say happened when they confronted Rice who was carrying a toy gun……
“The video shows Tamir did not pull out the gun, that police never saw the gun, so how could they say the orange tip was missing if they never saw it?”
Goldsby then entered the building and delivered the petitions to the prosecutor. The prosecutor office had no comment. It plans to send the Rice case to a grand jury. Last November police received a 9-1-1 call saying someone at the rec center was threatening people with a gun. When the officers arrived, police say they believed Rice was pulling a real gun from his waistband which they considered a threat