Samaria Rice and Attorneys Plead for Justice, Demand Accountability


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Samaria Rice and three attorneys spoke Tuesday afternoon at the NAACP headquarters on Euclid Ave., demanding transparency in the ongoing investigation of Tamir Rice's death.  

Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, gave a very brief statement indicating that she and her family didn't care who is spearheading the investigation. Frank Jackson announced last week that the County Sheriff's Department would be taking over. What's important to the Rice family is that their child's death isn't swept under the rug. 

"We're worried that they won't be held accountable for our son’s murder," Rice said, of the responding officers.   

Attorneys Benjamin Crump, Walter Madison and Daryl Parks all stressed that it has been more than six weeks since Tamir's death — "six weeks and three days to be exact," said Madison — and they're eager to hear the details of what has been done so far and what the Sheriff's Department intends to do moving forward. 

Parks said there was some concern about what caused the shift in the first place, but that the family, on balance, is "cautiously optimistic."  

Responding to questions, Crump and co. reiterated that they feel a Grand Jury trial would be secretive and unjust.

"People can accept the result when they see that it’s transparent," Crump said. "Also for the police. We want to give them an opportunity to let the public know that they didn’t do anything wrong, if they didn’t do anything wrong. People don’t have confidence in a grand jury. We've seen that in Ferguson." 

Whether it's a special prosecutor, which the Rice family would welcome, or some other method, the priority is that those responsible are held accountable to the full extent of the law. 

Madison stressed, though, that in this case the attorneys feel sufficient probable cause exists to warrant a public trial. 

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