mardi 29 décembre 2015

COLOR OF CHANGE (U.S) : Grand Jury Failed to Indict Tamir Rice's Killer .

The officer who killed Tamir Rice will face no charges.
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Dear friend,

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury just failed to indict Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann for shooting and killing 12-year old Tamir Rice. As we send our deepest sympathy to Tamir’s family, we also hold the weight of our own frustration and sorrow from this unjust verdict. Once again, a police officer killed a Black child and is not being held accountable due to a prosecutor - Timothy J. McGinty- who doesn’t honor Black life or seek to hold officers accountable.
Throughout the grand jury process, McGinty released questionable expert reports justifying Tamir’s killing and attacked his grieving family in the press. Over 150,000 ColorOfChange members joined Tamir’s mother in calling for a special prosecutor to take over. Although McGinty had continued to resist calls for accountability, the overwhelming pressure is beginning to chip away at political support for his reelection next year. Just earlier this week the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party decided not to endorse him.

Prosecutors are elected to uphold integrity and justice within our criminal justice system.
Yet, it is incredibly hard to hold police accountable when they kill Black people. A prosecutor pressing charges against an officer is a rarity that often only occurs with a mass swell of protests and mainstream media attention.Meanwhile, far too many prosecutors go out of their way to over-prosecute and incarcerate Black folks for far less damaging crimes.
We are working to hold prosecutors accountable across the country. Whether it be in Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, or Columbia, SC, we are putting pressure on prosecutors to hold police accountable and end the criminalization of Black communities. In places like Baltimore, where Marilyn Mosby is fighting to convict the officers who killed Freddie Gray, we have collected thousands of petition signatures thanking her for charging the officers and encouraging her to retry the latest mistrial. We’re also fighting for systemic change to take the role of police prosecution out of the hands of local prosecutors who work too closely with cops. Earlier this year, we helped to win a special prosecutor law for the State of New York.
In 2016, we are doubling down on these effort by getting involved in prosecutorial elections so that prosecutors like McGinty or Anita Alvarez don’t serve another term. It is time for us to be proactive as we enter into the new year. In order to obtain prosecutors who, like Baltimore’s Marilyn Mosby, are invested in ensuring justice for Black families when their loved ones are unjustly targeted and killed by the police, we must unseat those who are crippling our criminal justice system.

Thanks and peace,

Rashad, Arisha Scott, Enchanta, Josh and the rest of the team

ColorOfChange is building a movement to elevate the voices of Black folks and our allies, and win real social and political change. Help keep our movement strong.

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