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Prosecutors Argued Tamir Rice Appear Older and More Threatening Than An Average 12 Year Old



At 12 years Old, most college student athletes playing for your favorite university wore a size 36 pants. The size of your pants does not make you look threatening. No, it was the color of Tamir Rice's skin that made the officer shoot first and ask questions later.

In the video, The 911 caller told the dispatcher, the gun was probably fake. 

Prosecutors say the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center last year won't face criminal charges. Neither will the other officer who was with him.

An Ohio grand jury decided not to indict Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.
    "Given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police," McGinty said.
    Loehmann, an officer-in-training, shot 12-year-old Tamir on November 22, 2014. Garmback was training him.

    "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."

    If the officer did not have enough information at the time of the shooting, then why not ask a few questions before shooting his gun. If the officer in training was trained properly, they would have found out Tamir Rice was carrying a pellet gun. Sadly, the grand jury does not see a conflict between what the officer thoughts and reality. The reality is Tamir Rice had no chance against a scared poorly trained Cleveland police officer.


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