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12 Jun 2015

Group seeks charges against Cleveland cops in boy’s shooting

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June 12, 2015 Category: Stateside Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Tamir Rice  (AP Photo)

By Mark Gillispie

Associated Press

CLEVELAND — A group has gone to court to try to get two Cleveland police officers charged in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun. A legal expert and even attorneys pushing for the action say the case must go through a grand jury to obtain a felony indictment against the officers.

The group announced Tuesday at a news conference that it filed documents in Cleveland Municipal Court that ask a judge to rule there is probable cause to arrest the officers for the death of Tamir Rice. Tamir was shot outside a recreation center in November within two seconds of a police cruiser skidding to a stop near the boy.

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A Cleveland law school professor says the group’s court filing isn’t a substitute for a grand jury.

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