The Latest: Attorneys defend actions of Cleveland officers involved in shooting of Tamir Rice

The latest on developments after a grand jury's decision to not indict two police officers in the November 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Attorneys for the two Cleveland police officers who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice say the officers' actions were based on what they knew at the time.

On Monday, a grand jury determined the two shouldn't face criminal charges.

Frank Garmback was the officer who drove the cruiser the day of the shooting in November 2014. His attorney said Tuesday that Garmback knew from experience the area had a history of crime and gang activity.

The officers were responding to a report of a man waving and pointing a gun at people, but they later learned that the weapon Tamir carried that day was a replica firearm that shoots non-lethal pellets.

The attorney for Timothy Loehmann, the officer who shot Tamir, says the officers' actions were intended to keep the community safe.


11:15 a.m.

Cleveland's mayor and the city's police chief are set to talk about what's next in the case of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun when he was shot and killed by a white officer.

Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams will meet with the media Tuesday morning.

A grand jury on Monday declined to criminally indict the two officers in Tamir's killing in November 2014.

A rookie patrolman fatally shot Tamir within two seconds of a police cruiser driven by another officer skidding to a stop near him.

Protesters are expected to gather outside Cleveland's downtown justice center Tuesday afternoon. So far, there have been just a handful of peaceful protests around the city.