Cleveland, OH, December 28, 2015 – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged the Department of Justice to deepen its investigation of the Tamir Rice case after the Grand Jury returned no indictment.

Anita Gray, ADL Cleveland Regional Director, issued the following statement:

Tamir Rice’s death is a tragedy that, along with too many other cases, have shone a spotlight                                                 on important issues of bias, police-community relations and the criminal justice system, that                                       we as a civil, just society cannot afford to overlook or ignore.

Public safety – everywhere – requires trust between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect.  In the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officers involved in the shooting, we urge the Department of Justice to continue and deepen its investigation into the case.

A year ago, the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Cleveland Division of Police found a pattern and practice of excessive use of force by the department. That finding further underscores the need to take a hard, critical look at the biases that exist within the police department and the criminal justice system more broadly. We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that the criminal justice system operates more fairly for all individuals.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. 

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