The Latest: Tamir Rice protest blocking traffic downtown

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Posted: Dec 29, 2015 8:40 PM
The Latest: Tamir Rice protest blocking traffic downtown

CLEVELAND (AP) — The latest on developments after a grand jury's decision to not indict two police officers in the November 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Activists have ended their protest of a grand jury decision not to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, but plan to reconvene on Wednesday.

Their numbers had dropped to about 40 people as they marched along Cleveland streets chanting.

5:20 p.m.

A protest over the grand jury's decision not to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice has grown to about 100 people.

They have been marching on downtown streets and blocking traffic by forming circles at major intersections while they hold hands and chant.

Cleveland police have been directing traffic around the protesters. Officers earlier stopped the protesters from marching onto the West Shoreway, a major traffic artery in and out of downtown.

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4:40 p.m.

Despite the grand jury decision not to charge a white patrolman in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the case is far from over for the city of the Cleveland, the officers involved in the shooting or the black boy's grief-stricken family.

The family is suing the city. Federal prosecutors are looking into possible civil rights charges against Timothy Loehmann and his partner. And the two officers face a departmental investigation that could result in disciplinary action, including firing.

Tamir was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun when Loehmann shot and killed the boy within two seconds of emerging from his police cruiser in November 2014. On Monday, prosecutors said a grand jury concluded that Loehmann reasonably believed that it was a real gun and that his life was in danger.

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4 p.m.

About 50 people are marching peacefully in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in downtown Cleveland to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict two white Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy who was playing with a pellet gun.

Some protesters are carrying signs that say "Black Lives Matter" as they chant "Justice for Tamir."

One protester from Cleveland says she came downtown to show support for Tamir's mother and because she has young children she worries about.

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2 p.m.

Cleveland's mayor says the city has taken steps to alleviate anger over a grand jury's decision not to bring charges in the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

A large group of protesters are expected to gather Tuesday afternoon outside Cleveland's downtown justice center to voice opposition to Monday's decision.

Mayor Frank Jackson says city officials have been meeting with neighborhood groups and clergy leaders in recent months. Jackson says protesters have every right to voice their opinion, but he says the city won't tolerate any violence.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says officers won't take an aggressive approach toward the protesters unless things turn violent.

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1:15 p.m.

Cleveland's mayor says the city will move quickly to begin an administrative review into the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Mayor Frank Jackson said Tuesday that it's important to reassure the public that the internal review will based on the facts and that the outcome isn't predetermined.

On Monday, a grand jury concluded the two officers involved in the November 2014 shooting shouldn't face criminal charges.

The mayor and Cleveland's police chief say they won't question the reasoning behind the grand jury decision or why the prosecutor recommended no charges be brought.

Jackson did say the city is going through a lot of soul-searching over the loss of a 12-year-old boy and that many people have lost faith in the system.

He says there's some legitimacy in that.

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11:55 a.m.

Attorneys for the two Cleveland police officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice say the officers' actions were based on what they knew at the time.

On Monday, a grand jury determined the two shouldn't face criminal charges.

Frank Garmback was the officer who drove the cruiser the day of the shooting in November 2014. His attorney said Tuesday that Garmback knew from experience the area had a history of crime and gang activity.

The officers were responding to a report of a man waving and pointing a gun at people, but they later learned that the weapon Tamir carried that day was a replica firearm that shoots non-lethal pellets.

The attorney for Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Tamir, says the officers' actions were intended to keep the community safe.

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11:15 a.m.

Cleveland's mayor and the city's police chief are set to talk about what's next in the case of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun when he was shot and killed by a white officer.

Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams will meet with the media Tuesday morning.

A grand jury on Monday declined to criminally indict the two officers in Tamir's killing in November 2014.

A rookie patrolman fatally shot Tamir within two seconds of a police cruiser driven by another officer skidding to a stop near him.

Protesters are expected to gather outside Cleveland's downtown justice center Tuesday afternoon. So far, there have been just a handful of peaceful protests around the city.