No Federal Charges for Police Officer Who Killed 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice
The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it’s closing its investigation of the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice. The agency will not recommend any charges against the officers involved.
Rice was shot and killed in 2014 at the age of 12 by then-Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann. Loehmann and a fellow officer responded to a 911 call reporting a “guy with a pistol” in a public park who was occasionally pointing his gun at people. The person who called 911 told the dispatcher they believed the gun was fake, but that information was not passed along to the officers.
When the police car rolled up to the scene, Loehmann exited the car while it was still moving, and within two seconds, opened fire on Rice, shooting the boy in the abdomen. Rice died. Loehmann said that he gave Rice multiple orders to show his hands (even though he shot him almost immediately upon exiting his car) and said that he thought Rice was reaching for the gun. The weapon ultimately turned out to be a toy airsoft gun.
Rice’s death was one of many recent unnecessary killings by police. His death led to protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, and demands for reforms in how officers approach suspects, particularly black men and adolescents. After Rice’s killing, the Justice Department opened an investigation to determine whether either Loehmann or his partner, Frank Garmback, should face federal ch
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