Almost a year after Cleveland police officers gunned down 12-year-old Tamir Rice while playing with a toy gun in a playground, his mother is still waiting for the officers involved to be held accountable.
Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, recently said:
"Since the senseless shooting of my son Tamir I have had many sleepless nights and days - almost a year, no justice, no peace. I am very disappointed in the way Timothy McGinty is handling this investigation. I would like for him to step down and allow an independent prosecutor to take over."
Local prosecutors -- like Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty -- work closely with police officers because they depend on their testimony to win cases. That means local prosecutors cannot be expected to hold those same officers, their trusted colleagues, accountable for criminal acts.