CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty questioned the motives of the family — and their attorneys — who lost a 12-year-old boy to a police shooting in Cleveland, characterizing their intentions as “economic” in nature.
McGinty received an onslaught of questions Thursday night from the community after giving a speech at a Fairview Park event co-sponsored by several local Democratic clubs.
WKYC Channel 3’s Hilary Golston was the only reporter to ask McGinty questions about the grand jury process at last night’s meeting.
This is the first time McGinty has spoken about the grand jury process since the proceedings began.
Golston asked, “Samaria Rice’s attorney — and Samaria Rice herself — they have said a special prosecutor should take over. Will you step aside?”
McGinty replied, “They waited until they didn’t like the reports they received. They’re very interesting people… let me just leave it at that… and they have their own economic motives.”
After McGinty uttered the words, a woman in the audience burst out with “totally unfair.” The remainder of her comments are inaudible in the exchange.
Friday afternoon, Samaria Rice’s attorney Subodh Chandra responded to McGinty’s comments.
“It’s a shock and a surprise to Samaria Rice and her family that the prosecutor would go out of his way to insult her and her motives in trying to get justice as a grieving mother,” Chandra said.
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