Tamir Rice case heading toward grand jury

Grand jury could soon convene to decide whether to bring charges against Cleveland police officers

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The Independent US

The investigation into the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been handed over to Cuyahoga County prosecutors, who expect to convene a grand jury soon, according to ABC News.

The grand jury will decide whether either of the officers involved in Tamir’s death last November will be charged. In handing the case to county prosecutors, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department has indicated its investigation is done.

Tamir was killed by police on 22 November at a Cleveland playground when officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a boy pointing a gun. About two seconds after getting out of the police car, Officer Loehmann allegedly fired on Tamir, killing him.

The gun Tamir was holding later proved to be a pellet gun.

The Rice family has condemned the latest step of the investigation through their attorney.

“This moves from a public process that's transparent to a more secretive one,” Walter Madison told ABC News.

 

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