Ohio Black Officials Call For Grand Jury Reform

Some black officials in Ohio are calling for a grand jury reform after two Cleveland police officers shot Tamir Rice for playing with a toy gun.

The officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann, who were involved in the shooting of the 12-year-old boy, were not charged with any offence and the boy’s family couldn’t present evidence because the jury couldn’t permit them to do so.

With this problem, Senator Sandra Williams and some representatives have discussed in a forum Saturday morning the need for a grand jury reform.

They suggested that the grand jury should get independent Prosecutors in cases where police officers use lethal force; select independent advisers for members of the jury; create an independent review panel which will examine cases the grand jury determines not to indict and also give victims or families of victims the right to testify before the grand jury.

A law professor at Cleveland State University Jonathan Witmer-Rich said, “It would have been a very interesting process had Tamir Rice’s family been able to present their case before that grand jury.”

We now live in a more civilized world; therefore, some archaic systems should be updated.

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