Grand Jury Declines to Charge Police in Tamir Rice Shooting

Tamir Rice;  Photo:

Tamir Rice; Photo:

A grand jury in Ohio has declined to bring charges against a rookie Cleveland police officer in the shooting death of 12-year old Tamir Rice.

The grand jury had convened over an incident where officers were called to a local park in November, 2014 after passersby saw Rice walking through the park and pulling a gun from his pants.

When officers arrived, they testified that Rice pulled the handgun from his waistband. That prompted the officer to shoot and ultimately kill Rice.

The shooting sparked unrest in the Cleveland area where protesters demanded that police be held accountable for the incident.

Although prosecutor Timothy McGinty said that Rice’s death was a tragedy, “It was not, by the law that binds us, a crime,” he said.


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