Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty refuses to bring an indictment against police officer Timothy Loehmann in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice
In this video, What's the 411TV's Kizzy Cox is explaining that the police officers involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy in Cleveland who was shot while holding a fake gun in a park, will not face any criminal charges.
In a year defined by the declaration "Black Lives Matter" we closed it out with another case that seems to prove that they don't matter. The cops involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy in Cleveland who was shot while holding a fake gun in a park, will not face any criminal charges.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said, "given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police." He went on to say. "It is likely that Tamir, whose size made him look much older and who had been warned his pellet gun might get him into trouble that day, either intended to hand it over to the officers or show them it wasn't a real gun. McGinty said. "But there was no way for the officers to know that, because they saw the events rapidly unfolding in front of them from a very different perspective."
Many have taken issue with McGinty's statement because it looks like he's blaming Tamir for his own death since he was bigger than the typical 12-year-old and he'd been warned that his pellet gun might get him into trouble. But there's no mention that police officer Timothy Loehmann, the cop who shot Tamir 2 seconds after arriving on the scene, was forced to resign from another police department this one in Independence, Ohio because he was too unstable to be a cop and had "dismal" firearm performance! Where is the blame there?
As we discussed on the show months ago when this case first came to light, why was Loehmann even hired by another force??
As for the family of Tamir Rice, they are devastated and released this statement:
"Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers' defense attorney," the statement said. "In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system."
So, I am calling on the carpet the Ohio Prosecutor Tim McGinty and the criminal justice system that continues to blame black victims for their deaths.