Prosecutors say they were bound to tell grand jury conviction unlikely in Tamir Rice shooting

Prosecutors in Cleveland are defending their decision to recommend that a grand jury not bring charges against two officers in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor Tim McGinty says his office was required ethically to tell the grand jury they didn't think a conviction was likely.

The boy's family has criticized how prosecutors handled the case.

A grand jury announced on Monday that no criminal charges would be brought in the November 2014 shooting of Tamir while he had what turned out to be a pellet gun.

McGinty told cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1RRpVXd ) that prosecutors decided they couldn't get a conviction after seeing enhanced surveillance footage of the shooting.

He says it showed the boy was drawing the pistol from his waistband when he was shot.