A Cleveland judge found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The Northeast Ohio Media Group said Judge Ronald Adrine issued his opinion yesterday, a few days after a group of clergy and activists filed affidavits asking the court to find probable cause to arrest Loehmann and Frank Garmback on aggravated murder, murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty charges. The judge did not find probable cause that either officer should be charged with aggravated murder. Adrine said there was not probable cause to charge Garmback with murder.
Adrine forwarded his opinion to city prosecutors and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. Adrine did not order the officers to be arrested. The judge can’t issue a warrant unless a criminal complaint from a prosecutor exists. Still, Rice family attorney Walter Madison called the judge’s opinion “historic” and said it is an example of the citizens having a direct impact on the justice system. “It’s a blueprint for the rest of the nation,” he said.