Part I/2 Tamir Rice Family “In Shock” After Grand Jury Clears Police for Fatally Shooting Boy

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December 30, 2015 by socialaction2014


(PART I)
Democracynow.org – An Ohio grand jury has decided there will be no charges in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old African-American boy Tamir Rice. On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park. A 911 caller reported seeing him with a weapon but noted it was “probably fake” and that the individual was “probably a juvenile”—that information was not relayed to the responding officers. After their police cruiser pulled up in front of Tamir, Officer Timothy Loehmann shot him within two seconds. Neither Loehmann nor his partner, Frank Garmback, administered any first aid to try to save Tamir’s life. They then tackled Tamir’s 14-year-old sister to the ground as she ran to her brother’s side, and handcuffed and put her in their cruiser as the boy lay dying on the ground. Tamir died of his injuries the following day. After a more than year-long investigation, the grand jury returned a decision Monday not to indict. “We are in shock,” says Tamir Rice’s cousin, Latonya Goldsby. “We can’t believe this decision came down the way it did.”

Part II: Tamir Rice Family “In Shock” After Grand Jury Clears Police for Fatally Shooting Boy

Democracynow.org – An Ohio grand jury has decided there will be no charges in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old African-American boy Tamir Rice. On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park. A 911 caller reported seeing him with a weapon but noted it was “probably fake” and that the individual was “probably a juvenile”—that information was not relayed to the responding officers. After their police cruiser pulled up in front of Tamir, Officer Timothy Loehmann shot him within two seconds. Neither Loehmann nor his partner, Frank Garmback, administered any first aid to try to save Tamir’s life. They then tackled Tamir’s 14-year-old sister to the ground as she ran to her brother’s side, and handcuffed and put her in their cruiser as the boy lay dying on the ground. Tamir died of his injuries the following day. After a more than year-long investigation, the grand jury returned a decision Monday not to indict. “We are in shock,” says Tamir Rice’s cousin, Latonya Goldsby. “We can’t believe this decision came down the way it did.”

When Will the Killings Stop? Calls for Justice as Tamir Rice Joins List of Unpunished Police Deaths

Democracynow.org – Tamir Rice was the youngest victim in a series of well-known cases of police killings of unarmed African Americans—and the latest whose death led to no charges against the officers involved. “There needs to be a complete recall of the distribution of resources that provide police the opportunity to continue to wreak havoc in the lives of black individuals,” says Elle Hearns, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Cleveland. “This cannot consistently be where we are—week after week, month after month, year after year—with no accountability for these officers, no accountability by the city officials, no accountability by the federal government.”

Prosecutors in Tamir Rice Case Accused of Rigging Grand Jury to Clear 2 Officers with Troubled Past

Democracynow.org – After the grand jury’s decision not to indict, Tamir Rice’s mother Samaria Rice accused the prosecutor of “deliberately sabotag[ing] the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney.” Attorneys for the Rice family have asked the Justice Department to intervene over what they call “extreme bias” and “a charade process aimed at exonerating the officers.” Questions have also been raised about the officers’ past. In a previous stint at a different Ohio police department, Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot Tamir, had been declared unfit for duty and “dismal” with his handgun. His fellow responding officer, Frank Garmback, also has a troubled history, with Cleveland paying $100,000 to a city resident who accused him of excessive force. We discuss the officers’ past and the prosecutors’ conduct with Rice family attorney Billy Joe Mills.

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