A Cleveland councilman is calling for an Ohio attorney general investigation into the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The formal request comes one week after Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson asked the Cuyahoga County sheriff to oversee the investigation.
On Monday, Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed drafted a letter to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office to help “rebuild the community trust.” The letter cites the Dec. 4 Department of Justice report that says “Respect and trust must go both ways if the city of Cleveland is to move forward and to correct the deficiencies in the Cleveland Police Department.”
One of the first acts of new county Executive Armond Budish was to turn the investigation over to the county by tapping Chief Clifford Pinkney to lead the investigation.
“Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department is well-prepared to conduct this investigation. We have some of our most experienced detectives working this case, and I’m confident that the investigation will be extensive,” said Pinkney on Jan. 2. “I intend to lead this investigation with an understanding of the importance and gravity of a thorough and systematic resolution.”
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