Cleveland Demonstrators Hope To Shut Down City Over Tamir Rice Case


Protesters again took to the streets of downtown Cleveland yesterday to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict two Cleveland police officers in connection with the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Demonstrators called for the resignation of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, as well as the resignations of Timothy Loehmann — the officer who fatally shot Tamir within seconds of arriving at a recreation center on Nov. 22, 2014 — and Loehmann’s partner, Frank Garmback.

Demonstrators plan to gather at the Justice Center at 9 p.m. tonight for another protest and march they hope will “shut down the city.” Yesterday, protesters blocked traffic briefly as they ignored police orders to stay to the right of double yellow lines in the middle of the road, and at times refused to follow the route that officers blocked off for them. Despite a few stern warnings, no protesters were arrested. “The point of these marches isn’t for attention, it’s for the disruption of people’s comfort,” said march-leader Alana Belle. “It makes people have conversations.”

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