Cleveland Clergy Members to Call for Independent Prosecutor in Tamir Rice Case


Information at the press conference scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow morning at Olivet Baptist church will elaborate more fully but the immediate news is this: Five Cleveland-area clergy members will call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to step aside in the case of Tamir Rice and instead allow an "independent prosecutor" to take over. That phrasing, "independent," comes from what many have viewed as controversial decisions by McGinty in the case, including publicly releasing two "expert" opinions that cleared the officers of wrongdoing and his comments made this past Friday evening that seemingly disparaged Samaria Rice and her legal counsel by questioning their economic motives.

The clergy members include:

Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Cleveland
Rev. Dr. William Myers, New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Cleveland
Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Beachwood
Rev. Dr. Ken Chalker, University Circle United Methodist Church, Cleveland
Rev. Joseph Cherry, Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland

The press release summaries their feelings thusly:

With the recent comments by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty claiming the family of Tamir Rice is driven by “economic” motives, a multi-racial, interfaith group of clergy will call on the county prosecutor to step aside and allow for an independent prosecutor to take the lead in the case.
The actions and statements of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty throughout the Rice investigation, raise doubts about his willingness and intent to pursue justice without prejudice. A loss on confidence in the integrity of how the case is being handled further erodes the fabric of trust in the criminal justice system and those sworn to work on behalf of the public.

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