Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney asked for more time in the investigation of the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at a press conference on Tuesday morning. Pinkney provided a timeline of events in the case up until this point, and said that the investigation was almost complete. There were no new updates announced at the conference.
"All parties involved know that my department is conducting a fair, impartial and thorough investigation — one that leaves zero stones unturned before turning it over to county prosecutor Tim McGinty," Pinkney said.
The press conference comes just one week after Rice’s family held a conference demanding justice.
“Six months later and we’re at a standstill. We still have no answers,” said Latonya Goldsby, Tamir’s cousin, who attended Tuesday’s press conference. “We want a conviction, and we want an indictment. We want charges brought against these officers. You can see in the video that they were totally reckless.”
Goldsby said that she and the family found out about the press conference from the news and had not heard from the city or the police department.
“I feel so disgusted with the city of Cleveland for not showing compassion for my family,” she said.
The controversial shooting occurred last November when rookie Officer Timothy Loehmann and another officer responded to a 911 call alerting cops about a boy playing with a gun near a recreation center. The caller reportedly indicated that the gun was likely a toy.
As confirmed in the video footage of the incident, the officers arrived on the scene and, within seconds, Officer Loehmann shot Rice dead. Later reports revealed that the officer had been deemed emotionally unstable by another local police department.
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