Grand Jury: Officers Will Not Be Charged in Tamir Rice Shooting Death

The Rice family lawyer claims the prosecutor sabotaged the case, saying he "orchestrated an effort to exonerate these officers."
1:53 | 12/29/15

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Transcript for Grand Jury: Officers Will Not Be Charged in Tamir Rice Shooting Death
Now to Cleveland, a city on edge this morning after a grand jury decided thought to indict the two police officers involved in that shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. Rice's family saying they are saddened but not surprised by the grand jury's decision. ABC's T.J. Holmes has the latest. Reporter: Marches in Cleveland overnight. In New York City, as well. After a grand jury refused Monday to indict two officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. The death of tamir rice was an absolute tragedy. It was horrible, unfortunate and regrettable but it was not by the law that binds us a crime. Reporter: The shooting captured on surveillance video was a perfect storm of human error according to the prosecutor. Rice was shot by rookie officer timothy loehmann outside a Cleveland rec center. The officer and his training partner were responding to a report of someone with a gun. He mistook rice's toy gun for a real one. To any observer it's difficult to distinguish between the real and fake gun. Reporter: The shooting shook Cleveland. Tamir's mother made clear in an earlier interview with George stephanopoulos what she hoped the outcome of the investigation would be. I'm looking for a conviction. For both of the officers. Reporter: But the rice family lawyer claims the prosecutor sabotaged the grand jury case. You don't believe this grand jury got a clear picture, they were steered a particular direction. Absolutely no question that the prosecutor orchestrated an effort to exonerate these officers. Reporter: Another protest is scheduled for here in Cleveland this afternoon. As far as the officers go they remain on restricted duty with the force. Reviews continue by the city as well as the department of justice. As far as the family goes they are now pursuing a civil suit. T.j. Holmes in Cleveland for us, thanks.

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