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Ohio attorney general gives update on investigations into two high-profile officer-involved shootings

By: - July 7, 2021 1:30 pm

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office announced during a Wednesday press conference that the Bureau of Criminal Investigations has finished its review of two controversial officer-involved shootings in Cleveland and Columbus.

BCI reviewed the Nov. 13 killing of 19-year-old Arthur Keith by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Officer James Griffiths, and the April 20 killing of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon.

A grand jury found that Officer Griffiths had acted “reasonably” in the killing of Keith, Yost announced. No indictments will be filed against any of the officers involved, his office said.

“This investigation was presented to the grand jury, and the grand jury ultimately felt that Officer Griffiths acted reasonably … none of the officers were indicted for any criminal conduct,” Anthony Pierson, special counsel with the AG office, said.

Yost also announced that BCI’s review of the killing of Bryant was completed and referred to Franklin County Prosecutor G. Gary Tyack’s Office for review and potential criminal charges. 

During the conference, Yost detailed the BCI’s process for investigation and explained that the results found by the BCI have been referred to the prosecutor’s office, and is now up to the prosecutor to review and determine whether to press any charges.

“While we are the investigators, we do not make legal recommendations to the prosecuting attorney. They are responsible for making those determinations, and so in this case, as in all other ones, we only do the investigation. That analysis and decision on any possible charges is made by the prosecuting attorney,” Yost said.

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