Grand Jury Declines to Indict Officers in Tamir Rice Shooting

A grand jury has declined to bring charges against a Cleveland Police Officer and his partner in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. 

Officer Timothy Loehmann opened fire within two seconds of opening his squad car door, killing Rice. 

Officer Loehmann, and his training officer, Frank Garmback, both said in their accounts of the incident that they ordered the boy to show his hands.  They said Rice was reaching for what happened to be a toy gun in his waistband before they opened fire. 

Rice was holding a pellet gun when he was shot.  

A 911 caller said the guy with the gun was probably a juvenile and the gun was probably fake.  That message was never relayed to the officers. 

Lead Prosecutor Tim McGinty said it was reasonable to believe the officer who fired the fatal shot felt threatened. 

“Given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police,” said McGinty. 

The Rice family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Cleveland. 

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