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The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Cleveland boy fatally shot by police in November, says they are "cautiously optimistic" that the sheriff's department investigation will be thorough and fair.
Still, they believe the video evidence of the moment Tamir was shot outside of a Cleveland recreation center should be enough to indict the cop who pulled the trigger, family attorney Benjamin Crump said at a news conference Tuesday.
"We think the video speaks for itself," said Crump, who was surrounded by members of Tamir's family, including his mother, Samaria Rice.
Crump said several unanswered questions remain, including why Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice less than two seconds after driving up to the scene. Police were responding to reports of someone holding a gun when Tamir was found carrying an Airsoft-type BB gun in a playground. The city of Cleveland transferred the investigation to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department last week in order to offer an extra layer of impartiality, officials said. Ultimately, investigators will likely hand their evidence over to county prosecutors, possibly within 90 days, and then the case could be presented to a grand jury.
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