Tamir Rice family lawyer: Prosecutor avoiding accountability

CLEVELAND (AP) — The lawyer for the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun who was fatally shot by a Cleveland patrolman, says reports finding that the shooting was justified show the prosecutor's office is avoiding accountability.

Subodh Chandra says the Rice family wants the officers held accountable and it seems "the prosecutor's office has been on a 12-month quest" to avoid it.

Reports by outside experts were released Saturday by the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor's Office. They concluded the patrolman had reason to perceive Tamir as a threat before shooting him last November.

Chandra says getting "so-called experts to assist in the whitewash — when the world has the video of what happened — is all the more alarming."

The prosecutor's office says a grand jury will decide if the officer should face criminal charges.