Cleveland Ohio – Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today that the Grand Jury deliberating the conduct of the two officers involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice has decided not to indict the officers on any charges.
12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down in a city park on Nov. 22 during an interaction that lasted 2 seconds. He was playing with a toy gun in the park when police were called.
Upon arrival the police officer in the passenger seat lunges out of the car and fires his weapon at Tamir within two seconds of the car stopping less than two feet away from Tamir.
The entire incident was captured on CCTV video. One can only come to the conclusion that as they pulled up this officer had his gun drawn and was ready to use it, yet somehow the members of the Grand Jury found that the officers were justified in their actions.
Prosecutor McGinty said that the key evidence in the decision was a recently enhanced video recording, by a laboratory often used by the FBI, showing indisputably that Rice was drawing the toy gun from his waistband as the police approached.
McGinty called the shooting a “perfect storm of human error, mistakes and miscommunication” yet said that the evidence did not point to criminal misconduct by police.