A Cuyahoga County grand jury on Monday elected not to bring criminal charges against the two Cleveland police officers involved in last year's fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
The decision not to indict officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank
Garmback brings to an end a months-long criminal investigation into the high-profile shooting.
Monday's decision comes more than 13 months after the shooting, whichCleveland Officer Will Not Face Charges in Tamir Rice Shooting Death - The New York Times
catapulted Cleveland into the national debate about police use of force.
Tamir, who was black, was carrying a replica gun outside a recreation center when someone called 911. The caller cautioned that Tamir was probably a juvenile and that the gun was “probably fake,” but that information was not relayed to the two officers who responded, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
Cleveland Police Not Charged in Fatal Shooting of Tamir Rice - WSJSurveillance video, which has been widely circulated online, showed Officer Garmback
pulling the police cruiser within a few feet of Tamir, and Officer Loehmann, who is white, stepping out of the car and almost immediately firing his gun. Tamir died hours later. His partner, Officer Garmback, was also not indicted.
The boy’s death came months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and contributed to the protests and calls for reform in how police treat young black suspects.
After the grand jury’s decision was announced, Matthew Meyer, an assistant prosecutor, said the pellet gun had been modified by removing from its barrel a red tip—designed to indicate it wasn’t real firearm. Without the tip, the pellet gun resembled a handgun.
To prove the point, Mr. Meyer held up the pellet gun next to a real firearm. “It is impossible to say which one is real,” he said comparing the two.