A grand jury that was supposed to decide whether or not to indict Cleveland police officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann for the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, never actually took a vote on whether or not they should.
The news comes from a report that was released by Cleveland Scene magazine.
The report released says that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that the jurors had “declined to indict” the two officers. News articles across the world circulated this decision – leading to public outrage.
But there was only one problem… it wasn’t true.
According to the report obtained by Cleveland Scene, officials with the county clerk’s office have maintained that there is absolutely no document showing how the decision was reached, or recording a vote.
That means they didn’t vote.
A grand jury can vote for a “true bill,” meaning that charges will be filed, or for a “no bill,” which means that they will not be.
In order to vote for a “no bill,” a separate document known as a “no-bill documentation” is recorded and retained in the county records. No documentation of a vote or of this document exists, according to officials with Cuyahoga County.
The office of Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell, who oversaw the grand jury proceedings, agrees that no such documents exist.
So what is going on?
McGinty has refused to release the grand jury’s testimony in any way, shape or form.
(Article by M. David and Shante Wooten; image by #Op309 Media)