Sheriff's Office to protect peaceful protest

Posted at 4:17 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 16:17:18-05

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has instructed law enforcement authorities to protect the rights of citizens to protest peacefully following the grand jury decision not to indict two officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced the decision Monday after a grand jury met for weeks to examine the November 2014 shooting.

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Read the full statement below.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, issued the following statement:

The Grand Jury has decided not to indict. We understand that many in our community did not expect this result.

I have instructed the Cuyahoga County Sheriff to work with other local law enforcement officers to protect the rights of our citizens to peaceful protest.

I pray that our citizens will follow the words and non-violent actions of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”