Decision Made in Tamir Rice Death on Whether to Charge Police; How Will People React?

A grand jury has declined to charge Officer Loehmann in the death of 12-year old Tamir Rice, which occured in November 2014.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty delivered the information at a press conference on Monday.

McGinty said, “The evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. On close examination, especially of what is perhaps the most critical piece of evidence, a very recent enhancement of the surveillance video by an expert laboratory often relied upon by the FBI, it is now indisputable that Tamir was drawing the gun from his waist as police slid toward him and Officer Loehmann exited the car.”

The prosecutor said it is ‘likely’ that Tamir, who is much larger than one would expect a 12-year old to be thereby making him appear older and who had been told that his pellet gun, from which he removed the orange tip which indicated that it was a toy, could get him in trouble, either intended to hand the gun to the officers or show them it wasn’t real. However, he said, the events unfolded rapidly and the officers had no way of knowing.

He continued saying that minutes before, the officers had been assigned to respond to a code one report of a ‘guy’ pointing a gun at people outside the rec center. The guy was dressed exactly as Tamir was, so when police arrived they believed they were possibly facing an active shooter situation.

Based upon the evidence, a grand jury decided not to indict the officers.

#TamirRice instantly began trending on Twitter.

Of course, there were those who immediately called for violence in response to the grand jury’s decision.

Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, criticized the prosecutor’s office for what he described as blatantly sowing doubt in the minds of grand jury members by presenting exculpatory evidence.

Will there be riots in Cleveland in response to this verdict? Stay tuned for updates to this story.

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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