- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Lawyers representing the family of a 12-year-old boy shot by Cleveland police say they’re optimistic about the case being handed over to a county sheriff’s office.

Attorneys Ben Crump and Walter Madison say they hope the outside investigation explains why Cleveland police failed to do a background check on the rookie officer who shot Tamir Rice before hiring him.

The attorneys also hope the investigation sheds light on why Tamir was shot just seconds after officers arrived at a Cleveland playground on a report of someone with a gun.

Rice was carrying an airsoft gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets when he was shot Nov. 22

Cleveland police announced Friday they were handing the investigation over to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Sheriff’s office to ensure transparency and impartiality.

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