Professor David Harris Comments on Grand Jury's Decision To Not Charge Cleveland Police in Shooting Death of 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice
Pitt Law Professor David Harris commented to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on a grand jury's decision to not issue charges against two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Harris said he did not know every piece of evidence that the Rice grand jury heard, so he could not comment on the decision. But he said that grand juries typically are run by a prosecutor, and that his or her word carries a lot of weight when the jurors make a decision.
"What it may mean in the larger context is that there may be even greater skepticism than there already is about using local grand juries for the prosecution and investigation of these cases," he said.