A grand jury in Ohio announced today that they refuse to indict two Cleveland police officers, one of whom shot and killed 12 year old Tamir Rice last year in a public park. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty suggested that no charges be filed against either of the officers.
“The law gives the benefit of the doubt to officers who must make split second decisions when they believe their lives are in danger,”
said McGinty. He called Rice’s death a “tragedy”, but not a crime. McGinty also said that charges against the officers would not bring any justice for Tamir.
Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland playground last November when he was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann, who began firing less than two seconds after exiting his vehicle.