On Tuesday morning, community leaders in Cleveland plan to ask a judge to order the arrest of the officers who killed Tamir West, a black 12-year-old shot dead in November while carrying a fake gun outside a park. Under a little-used Ohio law, people with "knowledge of the facts" can file affidavits with the court and request a hearing, circumventing the discretion of local prosecutors and secretive grand juries.
Last week, the Tamir Rice case was handed to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, who will decide whether to put it before a grand jury. The mostly black leaders point to the lack of indictment in several high-profile cases where police shot or otherwise killed unarmed black men. "The writing is on the wall," Walter Madison, a lawyer for Rice's family, told The New York Times. "If you look at every other instance, it ends up unfavorable to the families."
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