The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP called a press conference earlier today to announce their demands in light of the prosecutor's decision not to bring charges against two Cleveland police officers.
In a statement provided to Newsnet5, the local branch of the NAACP has announced their support of a coalition of organizations comprised of the Cleveland Renaissance Movement, Black People in Progress, and Nation of Islam, along with other supporters, and together they are seeking "immediate action to address Tamir Rice injustice."
The group has asked for:
- The release of transcripts from the Grand Jury.
- The removal of Timothy McGinty as prosecutor for Cuyahoga County; and in the event that is not forthcoming, we will work for the defeat of Timothy McGinty at the polls and bring to an end his reign of bias and failure to protect the rights of victims
- We demand a re-negotiation of the CPPA contract with special focus on the Arbitration to reinstate murderers to active duty.
- We demand that the City of Cleveland identify the areas of the CPPA contract that are in conflict with the Consent Decree and that have contributed to the Police Department’s Pattern and Practice of Excessive Use of Force.
The letter states, "We all believe that not only has Mr. McGinty brought ridicule and embarrassment to our community, he has made intemperate remarks, disparaged the families of victims and has wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars and man-hours to deny justice in police involved shootings."
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