Ohio grand jury clears police in death of 12-year-old

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An Ohio prosecutor says a grand jury in Cleveland has declined to indict two police officers who shot to death a 12-year-old boy in what he described as a “perfect storm of error” in November 2014. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

Ohio grand jury clears police in death of 12-year-old


A grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio has cleared two police officers in the November 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a prosecutor said on Monday, adding that there was not enough evidence to charge them.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty called the shooting, “a perfect storm of error,” and said the boy’s death was “an absolute tragedy, but not a crime.”

He said he had informed Tamir’s mother of what he called “a tough conversation,” and said she was “broken up.”

But he appealed to community leaders to “respect the decision of the grand jury” and remain peaceful.

The child was playing with a replica handgun outside a recreation center when Officer Timothy Loehmann shot him twice within seconds of reaching the park in a squad car driven by his partner, Frank Garmback.

The officers are white; Rice is black. Rice died the next day.

The grand jury for weeks has been hearing testimony on the shooting before deciding not to issue any indictments.

Rice’s shooting is one of several cases that have raised questions about the use of deadly force by police in the United States, particularly against minorities.

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