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Cleveland Grand Jury “Shockingly” Fails to Indict Cops

Jan 4, 2016

A grand jury chose not to indict two Cleveland cops for the infamous murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014.

It’s yet another outrageous case among many around the country of murdering cops being allowed to get off scot-free despite indisputable video of their guilt. Every D.A. knows how to use a grand jury to get what he wants. The system is set up that way. This prosecutor clearly did not want to prosecute–and got the result he wanted.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty chose not to cross-examine the two cops, despite the fact they waived their First Amendment rights in order to testify on their own behalf! He also decided not to mention that one of the cops, Timothy Loehman, had been deemed unfit for service in 2012 when he worked in the nearby suburb of Independence. Nor did he raise that Cleveland paid out $100,000 in 2014 to settle an excessive force lawsuit against the other cop, Frank Garmback.

McGinty even selected three “expert” witnesses, all of whom testified the cops acted “reasonably” in shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice. And if that was not enough to ensure the grand jury would rule against indictment, Prosecutor McGinty told them an indictment would be unlikely to lead to conviction, which he and other Cuyahoga County prosecutors claim they were “ethically bound” to inform the jury about.

Yes, if your ethics are those of a system that says it’s okay for cops to kill a 12-year-old child holding a toy gun!

In the words of the Rice family’s attorneys, this was a “charade process aimed at exonerating the officers.” It was Prosecutor McGinty’s statement that, for all practical purposes, means the Cleveland Police will continue to shoot first and ask questions later and can expect to go unpunished.

This is what the working class and the black population can expect from the American system of “justice.”