Tamir Rice family releases statement regarding case going to prosecutor

Posted at 9:07 PM, Jun 05, 2015

The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot and killed by Cleveland police, have released a statement regarding the shooting case file handed over to the Cleveland Prosecutor

Read the statement below, distributed to the media by Freedom First International:

This week the Cleveland Prosecutor has now received The Tamir Rice Police Shooting Case File, and with that in mind we issue the following statement:

“We stand extremely vigilant with our effort to bring justice to Tamir-while we understand that the investigation into the shooting death of Tamir Rice by The two Cleveland Police Officers- Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann has now been handed over to the Prosecutor Tim McGinty for review -in addition to the hand over of the file, we have been made aware that the Prosecutor may soon convene a grand jury. In any case, we want the world to know we stand firm in our efforts. We (family) will not stop with our level of commitment to bring justice for Tamir, and with that in mind- we wish to ask the officials who are investigating Tamir's Case to be mindful and consider their sworn obligation and commitment to peace, social justice, and the civil rights of all.”

Please note-We have always maintained that, "Justice for Tamir," has always been at the forefront of our agenda and it will continue to be our first priority.”  In addition, “We are strong and focused throughout this process, and will not stop executing our plan to deliver to "Justice" those who are responsible for taking the life of my son Tamir Rice, said Samaria Rice-Mother of Tamir Rice.

We believe that many people from across the nation stand with us and in our call for "Justice for Tamir Rice," and the city's ongoing refusal to take responsibility and indict the officers, can only continue to spark more outrage in the local Cleveland Community and communities across our nation. In addition, we agree with the recent U.S. Department of Justice report that found the Cleveland Police Department to have a "pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force," and has repeatedly violated the civil rights of local residents, and routinely fails to adequately investigate law enforcement for wrongdoing has added daily to the growing level of discontent.  

We demand an end to police killings and institutional racism and declare that "Tamir's life will always matter." We are confident-that our actions will continue to create significant value in our fight for Tamir. For us as The family-The message has always been clear. No Justice-No Peace!

Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir Rice last November at the Cudell Recreation Center. Tamir had an airsoft gun, which shoots non-lethal plastic pellets. Cleveland Police Officer Frank Garmback drove the patrol car involved in the incident.



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