A day after a grand jury declined two indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Mayor Frank Jackson said the public has reason to believe the criminal justice system is unfair, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Jackson said that people across the nation have “a legitimate concern” that grand jury reviews are predetermined and that “they’re just going through the motions.” When asked whether he believed that was true of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, the mayor deflected the question, emphasizing that the city’s own administrative review of the November 2014 shooting will follow due process, and that the outcome is not preordained.
Police Chief Calvin Williams expects the police department’s Critical Incident Review Committee will take less time to complete its analysis of the Rice case than it took to review the 2012 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, which involved 13 officers and 137 shots fired. That report is expected to be made public next month. The mayor said that even though the grand jury did not indict Loehmann and Garmback for their roles in Tamir’s death, “there has been a wrong done.” “A 12-year-old lost his life,” Jackson said, adding, “We take that seriously. We do soul-searching on these kinds of things.”