Tamir Rice: Experts Say Shooting Was ‘Reasonable’

Tamir Rice, 12, was unarmed and playing with a pellet gun when shot by Cleveland police officers. (Google Images)

Tamir Rice, 12, was unarmed and playing with a pellet gun when shot by Cleveland police officers. (Google Images)

Steve Almasy of CNN is reporting that reports prepared for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor by two experts say the police shooting death of Tamir Rice, an unarmed 12-year-old boy playing with a pellet gun, was “reasonable.”

Almasy writes:

“Tamir Rice was killed by an officer in training outside a Cleveland recreation center in November 2014. The shooting sparked controversy given Tamir’s age and the fact that he had a gun that resembled a handgun but fired pellets.

It also came as the nation reeled from police-involved shootings of unarmed African-American men. Tamir was black.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said a grand jury will decide whether Officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, will face charges.

The two reports, as well as a third one by the Highway Patrol, were posted on the prosecutor’s website Saturday night.

‘These cases are, by their very nature, different than other matters that come to our office,’ McGinty said in a written statement. ‘They demand a higher level of public scrutiny as well as a careful evaluation of the officer’s conduct and whether, under law, those actions were reasonable under the circumstances.'”

Read more about this story at CNN.

Read the reports: Report by Colorado prosecutor | Report by former FBI agent | Highway Patrol report

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