The public release of evidence suggesting that police officers' actions were reasonable in the 2014 fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, has left many people in Cleveland convinced that no indictments are forthcoming, reports the New York Times. That possibility has fueled an unusually bitter feud between Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty and the people who might have been expected to be his allies, the Rice family, reports the New York Times. “We have never seen a prosecutor try so hard to lose a case,” said Jonathan Abady, a lawyer for Tamir's mother, Samaria. Ms. Rice’s attorneys accuse McGinty of prosecutorial misconduct and demand that he step aside. He has refused, and he has appeared to accuse Ms. Rice and her lawyers, who are pursuing civil claims against the city, of seeking to profit from her child's death.
Abady has accused McGinty of hiring “pro-police experts” to evaluate evidence and has faulted him for allowing officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner to read personal statements to the grand jury without being cross-examined. The family has asked the Justice Department to investigate the shooting, a request the department is reviewing. Across the U.S., prosecutors are under growing pressure not only to bring charges against officers swiftly after deaths involving the police, but also to make grand jury investigations more transparent. In Texas, prosecutors have been criticized by the family of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a jail cell after being arrested in a traffic stop in July, for not releasing information from the grand jury investigating the case.