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Black activists promise political action and protests in Cleveland
They pledge to fight the re-election of Prosecutor Tim McGinty

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Police opened fire on Tamir Rice within two seconds of responding to a call of a person with a gun outside the Cudell Recreation Center on Nov. 22, 2014.
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A coalition of black activist groups is promising more demonstrations in Cleveland following a grand jury’s decision this week not to indict the two white officers involving in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

WKYC-TV reports that activists met Wednesday at the Cleveland NAACP branch to outline a set of demands and to warn of more protests over the November 2014 killing.

Activist Basheer Jones says the group is mobilizing black voters to oust County Prosecutor Tim McGinty in next year’s election  and is bringing demonstrators from across the country to converge on Cleveland.

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“Marching and protesting is one branch of a big tree, another branch is a get-out-the-vote campaign, other branches are some things that we cannot discuss at this moment.”   

Jones and the coalition of activist groups are demanding the release of transcripts from the grand jury investigation into the Rice shooting.

They’re also asking that the city identify parts of its contract with the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association that are in conflict with the U.S. Justice Department’s consent degree aimed at decreasing use of force and improving community relations.

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