CLEVELAND- The Fox 8 I-Team obtained this video of an open letter by eight Cleveland activists, asking for arrest warrants to be issued for two city police officers involved with the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
A motion is now pending by the activists in the Eighth District Court of Appeals.
“We are working to ensure procedural justice is not derailed as we saw with the abuse of the grand jury process in Ferguson and Staten Island,” said Julia Shearson, a member of the Cleveland 8 and executive director of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a news release on Wednesday.
Last month, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine found probable cause the two officers should face charges for the shooting death of Rice. However, he did not issue arrest warrants. Instead, he referred the case to the prosecutor’s office.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said he will review the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s investigation of the shooting and then take the case to a grand jury to determine if any charges should be filed against the officers.
Tamir’s mother, Samaria, has said she wants justice for her young son.
Police shot and killed Tamir Rice in November after they received a call about a male pointing a gun at people outside the Cudell Recreation Center. Investigators found he had an air soft pistol that they say looked like a powerful handgun.
Attorney Walter Madison is hopeful the appeals court will make a ruling in the next few days.
The Cleveland 8 is comprised of Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, Rev. Dr. R. A. Vernon, Bakari Kitwana, Edward Little, Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Julia A. Shearson, Rachelle Smith and Joseph Worthy.
To read their open letter, click here: Fox8.com
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