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Cleveland PD Asks Sheriff to Investigate Tamir Rice Shooting

January 05, 2015  | 

The investigation of a Cleveland police officer's deadly shooting of a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun will be overseen by a county sheriff's office.

Cleveland's mayor said Friday the city is handing off the probe to the Cuyahoga County sheriff to make sure the investigation is transparent, the Associated Press reports.

Tamir Rice had an airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets when a rookie officer shot him Nov. 22 at a Cleveland playground. 

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kevCopAz @ 1/5/2015 6:29 PM

Perhaps its time for all Police (Federal, State and Local) to change policices involving Police Shootings all together (if a citizen is shot by police). Now when a LEO is involved in a shooting outside their own jurisdiction it is investigated by the jurisdiction where the action took place, not the involved officers department. There is usually a concurrent Internal investigation, but the "criminal" investigation is done by the department where the shooting took place. Law Enforcement on a routine basis should consider that anytime an officer shots a citizen another agency conduct the investigation and the agency of the officer involved does not participate in that investigation other then to cooperate and make all personal available to the investigating agency. This would add another layer of independence & fairness to the investigation. But ALL agencies need to do this including the Federal ones ,the D.O.J. included. Whats good for the locals is good for the Feds.

DEADMAN @ 1/7/2015 5:26 PM

The Cleveland Police Department is not handing this off ,except ,under orders from the mayor,the ex-safety director and the ex-chief ,all three of which are primarily responsible for the PD being screwed up to begin with.The State of Ohio's Attorney General and the Federal Attorney General agree that the reasons for the condition the department is in is because of the systemic problems associated with training,supervision and the management of the department,laying most of the responsibility for the problems on the above three individuals.Turning this incident over to the Sheriff's office might not be the panacea people believe it to be as the Sheriff's office is part of the same political system that is causing some of the problems.
When they changed the County administration,they eliminated the Sheriff's office from being elected position,now the Sheriff is appointed by the sole county commissioner and one was already replaced because he didn't toe the line.The same political group.

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