Yesha Callahan

Cleveland Police Officers Will Not Be Charged For Killing 12-year-old Tamir Rice

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A Cleveland grand jury has declined to prosecute two police officers in the fatal November 2014 shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty agreed with the decision not to charge Tim Loehmann and Frank Garmback, saying their actions “were not criminal.”

During his announcement, McGinty said he believed the officers, who shot Rice two seconds after arriving on the scene, “reasonably” feared for their lives because they thought the tween was “much older” due to his size.

McGinty also said surveillance video provided “indisputable” evidence the boy reached for his toy gun at the time of the shooting. However, video released by Cleveland police does not seem to jive with the prosecutor’s account.

During the press conference, McGinty called the event “tragic” and said he also wanted justice for Rice, but “justice does not mean bringing indictments not sustained by the law.”

Loehmann, who fired the fatal shots at Rice, had previously been dismissed from another department after they concluded he did “not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct [his] deficiencies.” It remains to be seen whether he will be allowed back on the streets of Cleveland now that he’s been cleared of any criminal liability.

Rice’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against the city and police department, and the family’s attorneys issued a statement slamming McGinty for “abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment.”

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  1. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    This prosecutors was in bed with the police department. It took over a year for them for the grand jury to make this ruling. Are any of us surprised? I’m not. I expected it because the life of Black people (children and adults) is less than that of a dog. Had this cop shot a dog, people would’ve rioted. I’m so angry right now.

    • December 28, 2015 - Reply

      @Noirluv45

      i know, it is very upsetting, such a travesty of justice if there ever was one. As USUAL cops getting off for taking black lives when the taking of the live(s) is/are not justified.

      • December 28, 2015 - Reply

        @BlackGlamour

        SMH, BG. You’re right. It’s very upsetting; however, I’m not surprised.

        • December 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          It is so sad that we are not surprised at this. The authorities have disrespected the family of Tamir Rice again too with this action.

        • December 28, 2015 - Reply

          @Noirluv45

          I am not either, sad that we have to expect this sort of mis-justice in these types of cases. They are truly stating that black lives don’t matter!

      • December 28, 2015 - Reply

        @BlackGlamour

        Exactly Sister.

    • December 28, 2015 - Reply

      @Noirluv45

      ITA. How in the world can there be justice when prosecutors and killer cops are tied together? And we already know prosecutors make sure there are no Black people on these grand juries.

      Ohio is an open carry state so why does it even matter if he was an adult with a real gun, plus the murderer cop was previously considered unfit for police work in a 2012 report. This non-indictment today has the gall to state Tamir “looked older” than his 12 years, and now he will be 12 forever. Demonic caucasians this year are still out and running, reminds me of how folks say in the last days satan will be on a rampage in ways never seen before.

      • December 28, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        My sentiments exactly Sister.

        Many in the news media acted nonchalant in the sense of acting like this is just a news story. This is bigger than just a news story. This is about our Brothers and our Sisters being abused and murdered for no reason and no justice coming about. Many of the elders were right in condemning the crooked cops as an occupying force. These racists are demonic. The outright lack of transparency in this case, the lack of respect shown to the Tamir Rice’s family (and the authorities months ago had to issue some token “apology”), and the callousness of the police department represent the epidemic of the overt attack against our community.

      • December 28, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        Agreed. The “looked older” comment was a bs excuse in an atempt to blame the victim. That so-called cop should have never been issued a gun and badge.
        Meanwhile, in Connecticut, a Jewish woman, Elaine Rothenberg, was arrested after she stood in the entrance of the police station and pointed a bb gun at the cops inside. I repeat, she was ARRESTED not SHOT within 2 seconds! This ish has to end!

      • December 30, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        All hail the grand jury. There is no usefulness to the grand jury system when trying cops comes up. So glad we don’t have that garbage where I live.

        • December 30, 2015 - Reply

          @Jo 'Mama' Besser

          It’s off the chain in the States to put it lightly Sister. In America, we watch our backs when we encounter the police. It’s out of control. Yet, we will fight on.

  2. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    This is sickening….

  3. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    This is a disgrace. Many of these persecutors act more in favor of the status quo and the genuflecting of the police instead of respecting the family of victims of police murder. Tamir Rice was never a direct threat to any officer. He was murdered in less than 3 seconds. The family of Tamir Rice lost their child physically forever. It is a shame that the murdering cop was placed on the police force in Cleveland after he was been found to be unstable and he was dismissed from another police department. We have seen this story before where there is no accountable given to cops who kill black human beings. I do feel angry over this injustice. We are tired of black people being treated like this. If this was done to an animal or to a rich white person, there will be a different outcome. This system has failed people including the family of Tamir Rice.

    RIP Tamir Rice.

  4. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    There are no words. I’m tired of the world denying our humanity. Evil is alive and well.

    • December 28, 2015 - Reply

      @shybookworm

      You’re exactly right.

  5. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    The Grand Jury process is running rampant with corruption and racism.
    The Grand Jury does not see all of the evidence, only what the Prosecutor wants them to see. Therefore, the Prosecutor controls the entire process, allowing him/her to manipulate the case from start to finish. Since the Prosecutor works hand in hand with the cops, a fair hearing is extremely rare and transparency is non-existing, unlike a Jury by Trial.

    Since there is no Judge or defense attorney in a Grand Jury hearing, how in the hell are we ever going to get justice for the families that have lost loved ones at the hands of rogue cops? (Rhetorical)

  6. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    We know this clown show is a mockery of justice. It is a big slap in the face of all of us who seek justice. But does anyone have an actionable answer of what can we do about it? Whats next?

  7. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    I can’t even put words together, I’m so done with this country. This will happen again and again. My heart truly goes out to this child’s parents, family and loved ones.

  8. December 28, 2015 - Reply

    This is so heartbreaking but I am not surprised.

  9. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    Everyone involved in letting this happen are evil. An innocent child is dead and the criminal justice system gave no damns and let the killers go free.

  10. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    So, even though he was too young to know better he looked old enough to know better, so should’ve known what other people’s eyes said his brain should know.

    That sentence made sense, right? Because that’s the whole case that’s being made.

    Never thought this was going to go any other way. And yet, so many people think that America is the one country you aren’t allowed to criticise.

  11. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    He had such a sweet little baby face he looked like a sweet kid.

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