The family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice rejected Cleveland officials’ request that they delay a civil suit against the city, citing mental trauma his fatal shooting at the hands of police has caused his mother, the Washington Post reported.
Rice’s family said in a court motion filed on Monday that his mother, Samaria Rice, “has since been forced to move to a homeless shelter because she could no longer live next door to the killing field of her son.”
Attorneys for the city had requested that the family delay its suit while the November 2014 shooting is being investigated, saying it would protect the two officers involved, Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann from having to give statements before knowing if they will be charged in connection with the shooting.
WEWS-TV reported that Samaria Rice criticized the slow pace of the investigation in a press conference on Monday.
“I want to know, how long do I have to wait for justice?” she said. The family said at the press conference that it is being represented by attorney Benjamin Crump, who also worked for the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“It is so sad that the face of police brutality in America is going to be the 12-year-old face of Tamir Rice,” Crump said, adding, “No one is being held accountable for the death of Tamir Rice.”
Rice was shot and killed what was later determined to be a toy gun. Footage of the incident shows officers shooting him within seconds of pulling up to his location, then handcuffing his sister while failing to provide medical help for him.
Watch video of Rice’s family’s press conference, as posted by WEWS on Monday, below.
Trump is ‘running out of game plan’ as damning facts pile up: Former GOP House Intel chair
Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that the Trump White House's angry attacks on ambassador Bill Taylor reek of desperation.
After CNN's Jim Sciutto read the White House's statement accusing Taylor of being a "radical unelected bureaucrat," Rogers dismissed the statement as the act of a cornered administration.
"Bill Taylor is a well respected diplomat over his decades of service to the United States," he said. "When you go on this kind of extreme shouting, hair-on-fire criticism, you are running out of game plan. That's exactly what that tells me."
‘This is simply indefensible’: Two former GOP lawmakers clash over Ukraine testimony
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "New Day," former GOP Reps. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Sean Duffy (R-WI) argued vehemently about the significance of the testimony from Ukraine envoy William Taylor against President Donald Trump.
"The dam is barely holding on. Because look, very persuasive," said Dent. "I don’t know how any Republican member can look at this thing or any member of Congress cannot be alarmed by this. The quid pro quo was stark. And the president is insisting on using, you know, official resources to dig up dirt on his opponent. This is simply indefensible."
"Charlie and I weren’t in the room yesterday for the hearing. And neither were you or your viewers," replied Duffy. "We had more Democrats rush to cameras and with their perspective give us their take on what happened ... I think in America we should open this process up, let every American see Bill Taylor."
Impeachment is happening behind closed doors to keep Trump from corrupting the process: House Dem
President Donald Trump has raged against the closed-door testimonies in his impeachment inquiry, but a Democratic lawmaker explained why that's necessary to preserve the integrity of an investigation into a possible criminal conspiracy.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that these hearings must be held in a room beneath the Capitol to protect classified information and quarantine witnesses from one another.
"It's three floors below the Capitol, no cameras inside, no phones allowed inside," Swalwell said. "Any classified notes stay inside, classified conversations stay inside. It's to protect the information, and in this case there was no special counsel, there was no special prosecutor."