Cops lied and claimed they gave Tamir Rice several warnings before shooting but video proved the cops started firing within two seconds of arrival. The prosecutor suggested that the killer, 'Officer' Loehmann, did what "any reasonable officer would do." But Loehmann was not a reasonable officer: “He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal; dangerous loss of composure during live range training and his inability to manage this personal stress; distracted and weepy," Said Deputy Chief Jim Polak. Loehman was eventually fired by Polak but was hired by another police department where he killed Tamir Rice.—Ronald David Jackson
|'Officer' Tim Loehmann (left) and Tamir Rice.|
By MITCH SMITH
The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year will not face state criminal charges, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office announced Monday.
RELATED STORY: 12-Year-Old Killed By Cop Had Hands in Pockets: Shot Wihin 2 Seconds Without Warning — ExpertThe decision by grand jurors was the end of a lengthy investigation that was criticized by Tamir’s family and by activists, who called the shooting senseless and said the officer should have been charged with murder months ago.
RELATED STORY: 12-Yr-Old Tamir Rice Was Murdered by a Cop that the Police Dept Now Admits They Shouldn't Have Hired in the First PlaceTamir, 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 weapon was “probably fake,” but that information was not relayed to the two officers who responded, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.
Surveillance video, which has been widely circulated online, showed Officer Garmback pulling the police cruiser within a few feet of Tamir, and Officer Loehmann stepping out of the car and almost immediately firing his gun. Tamir died hours later. His partner, Officer Garmback, was also not indicted.
RELATED STORY: Cop Who Shot and Killed 12-Year-Old Boy Was Virtually Insane — Records Show: He Was Forced To Leave Suburban Police Job — Was Inflicted On Urban AreaTimothy J. McGinty, the county prosecutor, who made the announcement at a news conference, said that while “this was a perfect storm of human error,” the evidence considered by a grand jury over two months “did not constitute criminal action by police.” He noted that the law gives the benefit of the doubt to police officer “who must make a split second decision.”