Witnesses To Cleveland’s Rice Shooting Heard No Warnings From Police


The investigation into Cleveland’s fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice includes new details about how officers behaved at the scene, the efforts to save Tamir’s life and the remorse of the boy who gave Tamir his airsoft pellet gun, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office released a redacted account of the investigation on Saturday. The 224-page report of Sheriff’s Department investigators makes no determination as to whether the Nov. 22, 2014 shooting was justified. The report includes accounts from witnesses, none of whom heard officers issue a warning to Tamir before one of them opened fire outside a recreation center. That contrasts with statements by police that officers ordered Tamir to “show your hands” three times before a shot was fired.

Prosecutor Timothy McGinty intends to take all evidence gathered from the shooting to a grand jury to consider whether rookie Officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot Tamir, should face criminal prosecution along with his training partner, Officer Frank Garmback.

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