Nearly one year after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland Police Department Officer Timothy Loehmann, the grand jury has begun to hear evidence and decide if Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, should face criminal charges for their actions on November 22, 2014.
While the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association told ABC that the officers were subpoenaed to testify both last week and on Monday, Rice’s family says it learned of the proceedings from press reports.
Family attorney Subodh Chandra told local television station WKYC:
The prosecutor has not informed Tamir Rice’s family about the grand jury process starting. … For the reasons stated in counsel’s Oct. 16, 2015 letter to the prosecutor, the Rice family continues to lack confidence in the prosecutor’s handling of the grand jury process. The family remains disappointed by the prosecutor’s failure to step aside for an independent prosecutor, and to affirm publicly that he believes there is probable cause to support criminal charges and that he’s seeking an indictment, just as he normally would in other criminal cases. The family thus believes that the secret process gives the prosecutor cover for his lack of interest in bringing charges.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office says it cannot speak to the press about the grand jury.
Rice was playing with a pellet gun at the Cudell Recreation Center last November when someone called 911. Officer Loehmann shot him within two seconds of arriving on the scene.
*Correction: Post has been updated to reflect that the grand jury was convened nearly one year after Tamir Rice was killed, not two.