Attorneys ask DOJ to probe Cleveland police shooting of boy

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Posted: Dec 15, 2015 3:30 PM
Attorneys ask DOJ to probe Cleveland police shooting of boy

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for the family of a black boy fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer while carrying a pellet gun are asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the killing and the conduct of the prosecutor in charge of the case.

A grand jury has been meeting since October to decide if patrolman Timothy Loehmann or his training officer, Frank Garmback, should be charged criminally for the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014.

The family's attorneys say in a letter released Tuesday that grand jury process has been corrupted and is unfair.

A spokesman for Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor's Office says prosecutors aren't allowed to discuss what's said inside the grand jury room.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Cleveland said that office will review the request.