Cleveland Group to Announce Court Filing Seeking Charges in Tamir Rice Killing

Demonstrators block Public Square Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Cleveland, during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Demonstrators block Public Square Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Cleveland, during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Demonstrators block Public Square Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Cleveland, during a protest over the weekend police shooting of Tamir Rice. The 12-year-old was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer in November 2014 after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Cleveland.com) – A group of community leaders, clergy and civil rights activists on Tuesday plan to announce they’ve filed affidavits seeking charges against two Cleveland police officers involved in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

The group, which includes the Rev. Jawanza Colvin from Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and Case Western Reserve University professor Rhonda Williams, will hold an 11 a.m. press conference to announce the filing. Northeast Ohio Media Group will cover the event live.

The group plans to file several affidavits under a rarely used state law asking a Cleveland Municipal Court judge to find probable cause to issue arrest warrants for Cleveland police officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback in connection with the Nov. 22 shooting outside Cudell Recreation Center.

The law, passed in 1960, allows any person with knowledge of the facts of a case to file sworn affidavits asking a judge to find probable cause to sign off an arrest warrant.

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