Tamir Rice

Crowd at grand jury symposium
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

A panel gathered with about 40 people at an inner-city Cleveland church last night (Wednesday) to explain one of the least understood parts of the criminal justice system: the grand jury process.  And as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports , it didn’t take long for the discussion to address one of the most controversial grand jury decisions in recent history.

OHIO COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY-POLICE ADVISORY BOARD

More than 500 Ohio law enforcement agencies are adopting statewide standards affecting police community relations. Speaking at a roundtable in Cincinnati today, Gov. John Kasich said he thinks the rest will come around.

“That’s a human life that’s at risk, whether it’s law enforcement or it’s the community. So for those who are not on board, they’ll get there.”

Family photo of Tamir Rice
Family of Tamir Rice

A new study introduced with the Cleveland police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice finds that people perceive young black men as larger and more threatening than similarly sized white men.  

 

The study published by the American Psychological Association asked nearly a thousand online participants to compare color photographs of young white and black men of equal height and weight. John Paul Wilson, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey says, consistently, participants believed the black men were stronger, more muscular and more menacing.

 

photo of Cudell Rec Center gazebo
KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU

Officials in Cleveland  have announced there will be administrative charges for three officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says he has reviewed reports on the shooting involving Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. He says he’s made recommendations regarding violations of the department’s rules, regulations, tactics and procedures. The next phase is hearings about those violations.

The Franklin County coroner has released the autopsy report for a 13-year-old boy fatally shot by Columbus police two months ago.

The report lists the Sept. 14th death of Tyre King as a homicide caused by thee gunshot wounds: one to the chest, one to the abdomen and one to the head.

Officers say King was a suspect in an armed robbery and pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband after a foot chase. That gun turned out to be a BB gun that police say looked nearly identical to the service weapons used by Columbus police.

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