CLEVELAND – The quiet of Cleveland City Council disrupted several times on Monday by protesters with chants protesting the shooting death of Tamir Rice, 12, by Cleveland Police and the Department of Justice report against the department released last week.
Among the chants were “McGrath must go,” calling for the resignation of Cleveland Public Safety Director Mike McGrath.
The protesters were led after each outburst by Cleveland Police out of the chamber without incident, but when Councilman Jeff Johnson made a similar call at the end of the meeting, members of the mayor’s administration and staff got up as one and walked out of the meeting including McGrath – who was the last to leave.
“I don’t care who walks out on me, but this government can’t walk out on the people of Cleveland,” said Johnson.
Mayor Frank Jackson was not at the council meeting, but attending a public forum at The Word Church.
The protesters included some though who said the issue is not the people, but the process.