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HUFFINGTON POST – An Ohio grand jury has declined to indict the Cleveland police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black 12-year-old in 2014.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced the decision Monday afternoon, nearly 400 days since rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir Rice after responding to the scene with veteran officer Frank Garmback. The grand jury also declined to indict Garmback on charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.
Tamir’s family criticized the grand jury decision and in a statement accused McGinty of “abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment.”
On Nov. 22, 2014, Loehmann and Garmback were dispatched to investigate 911 calls about a “guy with a gun” pulling a weapon from his waistband and pointing it at people. The gun was later determined to be an airsoft pellet gun.
McGinty on Monday called Tamir’s death a “perfect storm of human error,” not a criminal act.