A grand jury has convened to decide whether two White police officers will be charged in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Black child who was killed while playing with a toy gun at a Cleveland, Ohio park last fall.
It’s been nearly a year since Tamir Rice was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann just two seconds after his patrol car arrived on scene. A 911 caller alerted the dispatcher that the gun the child was holding may have been a toy. The dispatcher, however, failed to relay that information to the responding officers.
Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, were subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury last week, CBS News reports.
“We’ve cooperated fully,” said Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “I have all the confidence in the world in the grand jury system and our system of justice.”
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty has said he would take the case to the grand jury, but Loomis’ comments revealed that the panel had begun hearing the case. McGinty’s spokesman Joe Frolik said the prosecutor’s office cannot comment on grand jury proceedings.
Henry Hilow, an attorney who accompanied the officers to the grand jury, declined to comment. McGinty has been a target of criticism by activists and attorneys for Tamir’s family for what they perceive as delays in presenting evidence to the grand jury. Those attorneys are involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the city and the two officers.
Earlier this month, two expert reports made public by McGinty deemed the shooting “justified.” The responding officer had reason to perceive the child was a threat, the reports said.
A lawyer for Tamir’s family issued a statement Tuesday criticizing McGinty for the reports and for not telling Samaria Rice, the child’s mother, that the grand jury was reviewing evidence from the case.
“The Rice family continues to lack confidence in the prosecutor’s handling of the grand jury process,” the statement said. “The family thus believes the secret process is being used as a cover for the prosecutor’s lack of interest in bringing charges.”
We’ll keep you updated with the latest.
SOURCE: CBS | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform
Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown's Death
1. 2014: Michael Brown's lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.Source:Getty 1 of 14
2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.Source:Getty 2 of 14
3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.Source:Getty 3 of 14
4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown's death.Source:Getty 4 of 14
5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city's uprising.Source:Getty 5 of 14
6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.Source:Getty 6 of 14
7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.Source:Getty 7 of 14
8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.Source:Getty 8 of 14
9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.Source:Getty 9 of 14
10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.Source:Getty 10 of 14
11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to "control" protests.Source:Getty 11 of 14
12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown's death.Source:Getty 12 of 14
13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.Source:Getty 13 of 14
14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.Source:Getty 14 of 14
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