Rice Killing Protesters Stage “Die-In” At Prosecutor McGinty’s Home


On a bitterly cold New Year’s Day, more than 100 Cleveland activists marched to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty’s home to deliver a message. The group, protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict two police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, intends to keep the pressure on, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The protesters staged a “die-in” on the sidewalk. “This was to solidify to the community that this is not over,” activist Edward Little said. “We are moving into a new year and we will not have business as usual.”

Marchers cheered as a group leader yelled for the resignation or removal of McGinty from his position; the firing of Cleveland police officers Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback; the initiation of a federal investigation into Tamir’s death and the use of an independent prosecutor for use-of-force cases. Police presence was heavy and obvious, with police cars trailing the group as it traveled. The prosecutor did not come outside. McGinty spokesman Joe Frolik, said, “Every citizen has an absolute right to protest, and the death of a 12-year-old child was clearly a monumental tragedy caused by a series of mistakes by the Cleveland Police Department. But we hope people will respect the decision made another group of citizens— the members of the Grand Jury.”

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