Sometimes shit happens.
Prosecutors say the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center last year won’t face criminal charges. Neither will the other officer who was with him.
An Ohio grand jury decided not to indict Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.
“Given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police,” McGinty said.
Loehmann, an officer-in-training, shot 12-year-old Tamir on November 22, 2014. Garmback was training him.
“It is likely that Tamir, whose size made him look much older and who had been warned his pellet gun might get him into trouble that day, either intended to hand it over to the officers or show them it wasn’t a real gun,” McGinty said. “But there was no way for the officers to know that, because they saw the events rapidly unfolding in front of them from a very different perspective.”
It was “reasonable” to believe the officer who killed the boy believed Tamir was a threat, the prosecutor said, adding that the toy gun looked real.
This won’t satisfy the Rice family, nor will it slake the thirst of the BLM mobs. The activists and race hustlers will gather. People will protest. Tamir Rice will still be dead.
There is no happy ending to this story. What happened was a tragedy, but it was not a crime. The cops made mistakes but they did not commit murder. They will have to live with the outcome of those mistakes.