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Prosecutors defend urging no charges in Tamir Rice shooting

7 years 1 month 4 days ago Wednesday, December 30 2015 Dec 30, 2015 December 30, 2015 12:17 PM December 30, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

CLEVELAND - Prosecutors in Cleveland are defending their decision to recommend that a grand jury not bring charges against two officers in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty says his office was required ethically to tell the grand jury they didn't think a conviction was likely.

The boy's family has criticized how prosecutors handled the case.

A grand jury announced on Monday that no criminal charges would be brought in the November 2014 shooting of Tamir while he had what turned out to be a pellet gun.

McGinty told cleveland.com that prosecutors decided they couldn't get a conviction after seeing enhanced surveillance footage of the shooting.

He says it showed the boy was drawing the pistol from his waistband when he was shot.

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