It’s now been more than a year since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down by a police officer while playing in a Cleveland park because he was carrying a toy gun back on November 22, 2014. Now, Rice’s family has learned that they won’t be getting any justice over the death of their boy. On Monday, a grand jury cleared both Timothy Loehmann (the officer responsible for shooting Rice) and his partner, Frank Garmback, of all criminal charges despite the existence of surveillance footage of the incident.
Obviously, many people are justifiably shocked and outraged following the grand jury’s decision.
As you can see from the below statement by the Rice family, as conveyed by MSNBC Legal Reporter Ari Melber, the family is far from ready to accept this verdict, challenging Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty’s methods while also calling for the Justice Department to get involved.