Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WCMH) — Two new reports, recently released by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, conclude a Cleveland police officer was justified in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

The separate reports were made by a Colorado prosecutor and retired FBI agent.

On November 22, 2014, Officer Timothy Loehmann was one of the officers responding to the call of a young man waving a gun at the Cudell Recreation Center.

Within seconds of arriving, Loehmann was seen shooting and killing Rice. The incident was caught on a nearby surveillance camera. It was later determined Rice was carrying a toy gun.

McGinty released the reports’ findings, late Saturday evening, prompting some in the legal community to question his move.

“I think it’s unusual for a prosecutor to try and get out ahead of a story this way, by releasing information like this,” said former prosecutor and OSU law professor Ric Simmons. “They would want to try and, I would think, present a case to the grand jury without the grand jury or the public hearing extra information about the case ahead of time.”

In light of the reports, an attorney for Rice’s family said his clients are now prepared for Loehmann to not be indicted.

“The Rice family has pretty much concluded that there’s not going to be an indictment because the prosecutor has decided that there shouldn’t be,” said Subodh Chandra.

McGinty has not put a timetable on when and if a grand jury would be convened.

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