The Ohio police officer who shot and killed a 12 year old boy named Tamir Rice was not indicted by a grand jury, multiple news outlets are reporting, and will apparently not face criminal charges. The prosecutor who gave the statement today said he had recommended no charges be filed. In November 2014, the cop, Timothy Loehmann, and his partner, Frank Garmback, were on the scene when they saw Rice, who was holding a pellet gun, and opened fire, killing the 12 year old.
Two reports released in the case, issued by outside examiners, concluded that there was a reasonable case in opening fire on Rice. One of the examiners said ” The grand jury’s investigation came to the same conclusion, and with the addition of the prosecutor’s recommendation, it appears that, legally, the issue is resolved for now.
Both police officers were facing possible indictment and it appears that both were cleared by the Grand Jury.
The Department of Justice has already reviewed the Cleveland PD’s use of force policies in a scathing report. There is no word yet on whether the DoJ will open an investigation into the Rice shooting specifically, but the chances of a federal civil rights case based on the facts as we know them seem very slim indeed.