LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that a grand jury in Cleveland has declined to indict the white rookie police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black youngster who was playing with what turned out to be a pellet gun. The investigation has gone on for more than a year, and the grand jury had been hearing testimony since mid-October.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, who announced the grand jury’s decision, said that “this was a perfect storm of human error.” Tamir had been carrying a borrowed Airsoft pistol that looked like a real gun. The Airsoft gun fired only plastic pellets, but the gun Tamir carried was missing the orange plastic tip that is a feature of these guns.
Officer Timothy Loehmann was responding to a 911 call about a man with a gun. Prosecutor McGinty said that it was “indisputable” that Tamir drew the pellet gun when he was shot, perhaps to hand it over to the officers or to show them that it was not a real gun.
The lawyer for the Rice family said that the family was saddened and disappointed by the outcome of the case, but not surprised. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio has been independently reviewing the shooting and will “determine what actions are appropriate, given the strict . . . requirements imposed by federal civil rights laws.”
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