Ohio Prosecutor Seeks New Law On Police Use-of-Force Probes

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A county prosecutor in Cleveland wants the Ohio Legislature to amend state laws to allow the Ohio attorney general to present deadly police use-of-force cases to grand juries.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty sent a letter to members of the Legislature last week that also sought a new law that would require independent law enforcement agencies to investigate deadly use of force cases, calling it a “best practice” used in other states.

McGinty came under fire in recent months for his office’s handling of an investigation and grand jury presentation in the fatal Cleveland police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A grand jury in December declined to indict the officer who shot Tamir.

A spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine declined to comment about McGinty’s proposal on Monday.