Tamir Rice investigation: No proof police warned boy before fatal shooting

County officials released some information found in their investigation of Tamir Rice shooting

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The Independent US

Officials investigating the shooting death of Tamir Rice found no proof that the police officer who pulled the trigger shouted a warning before firing the fatal shot.

The Cleveland Police Department has said that Officer Timothy Loehmann shouted a verbal command to 12-year-old Tamir from inside the police car before getting out and shooting the boy.

 

Officers were called because Tamir was in possession of a pellet gun. The police department claims that Mr Loehmann told the youngster to drop the weapon before getting out of the car and firing.

But evidence revealed in a redacted version of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department investigation shows that eyewitness testimony does not support the purported warning given by Mr Loehmann, CNN reported.

A woman who lived near the playground where Tamir was shot reported hearing the gunshots, but did not recall hearing the warning from police. The police vehicle did not have a dashboard camera and the surveillance cameras that caught the shooting did not record audio.

This information comes out as county prosecutors have taken over the case. The sheriff's department handed over their investigation last week.

State prosecutors are now able to investigate further before presenting the evidence to a grand jury, which will decide if Officer Loehmann will face charges in Tamir’s death.

Last week, a local judge said there was probably cause to charge the officers in Tamir’s death, but that decision ultimately will be left to the grand jury.

 

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