Investigation Report Released In The Death of Tamir Rice
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office today released the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014.
Tamir Rice was shot outside the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland’s West Side on a Saturday afternoon and died at MetroHealth Medical Center the following day. He was fatally shot by a police officer responding to a 911 call that someone had a gun in the park. The caller told 911 dispatch that the gun was probably a fake, and the guy with it was a kid. However, that information was not conveyed to the police by the dispatcher.
At the request of the Cleveland Division of Police, the Sheriff’s Department took over the use of deadly force investigation in January of this year. On June 3, Sheriff Clifford Pinkney delivered his investigative report to Prosecutor McGinty. The Sheriff’s Department was assisted in its work by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
The prosecutor will present the evidence to a grand jury. Members of the Grand Jury also can ask to hear from additional witnesses, including expert witnesses, and the grand jury ultimately makes the final decision on whether criminal charges are warranted.
The final investigation report is in 6 parts. Generally, we place documents such as investigation reports under the “Document” section on the right-side border of this blog. Because the report consists of 6 parts, we will place a link to this post under documents instead.
Here is the investigation report;