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Tamir Rice grand jury never took a vote to indict cops who killed him: report

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The grand jury tasked with deciding whether or not to indict Cleveland police officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann in connection with 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s death never actually voted on the matter, Cleveland Scene magazine reported on Wednesday.

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“If it is true that the prosecutor didn’t even call for an up or down vote on potential criminal charges, including aggravated murder, then it is truly the ultimate insult to the Rice family,” said an attorney for the child’s family, Subodh Chandra. “The prosecutor didn’t even think it mattered to bring the grand jury proceedings to their proper conclusion.”

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Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced on Dec. 28 that the jurors had “declined to indict” the two officers. But according to Cleveland Scene, officials with the county clerk’s office said that there is no document on file showing how the decision was reached.

Standard grand jury procedure calls for two possible outcomes: jurors can vote for a “true bill,” meaning charges are to be filed; or they can vote for a “no bill” — a decision not to do so. Whenever jurors vote for a “no bill,” a separate document called a “no-bill documentation” is retained for a county’s records.

But no such document is present in the clerk’s office for Cuyahoga County, or in the office of Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell, who oversaw the grand jury proceedings.

Cleveland Scene also reported that according to one clerk, if the “mysterious document” existed, it would take an order from Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo for it to be made available to reporters.

However, Russo said in a phone interview that “When you say ‘document,’ I’m not sure what you mean. I don’t know what that is. It’s either a true bill or a no bill.”

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McGinty, who is seeking re-election despite protests against him, has refused to release the grand jury’s testimony.


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Shocking videos as Minneapolis burns — after authorities refuse to arrest George Floyd’s killer

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Minnesota is experiencing another evening of devastating protests on Thursday after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and US Attorney Erica MacDonald held a press conference where they announced the investigations of George Floyd's killing were continuing, but no arrests had been made.

Here are some of the images from the scene:

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Trump mocked for claiming that mail-in voting will ‘end’ the Republican Party: ‘You silly fool’

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter that mail-in voting could "lead to the end of our great Republican Party."

His outburst triggered immediate mockery on social media. Some mimicked the president and responded in all-caps.

Fact check: mail-in voting has been happening in many Republican states for years. In fact Trump and Kellyanne Conway both vote by mail, as does our military.

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Car rampage through Colorado protesters compared to Charlottesville attack that killed Heather Heyer

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On Thursday, at a protest in Denver, Colorado against the police killing of George Floyd, the driver of a black SUV tried to run down one of the demonstrators, in an incident captured on video.

Nobody appears to have been killed. However, horrified commenters on social media compared the incident to the vehicle-ramming attack in Charlottesville, where a neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd and killed counterprotester Heather Heyer.

Arrest this driver. Attempted murder. This is how Heather Heyer died. https://t.co/pxGmEFDZkC

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