On April 25, 2016, the City of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice. Twelve year old Tamir was killed by officer Timothy Loehmann on November 22, 2014.
This case has been interesting and taken different turns in hopes that were betrayed. For example, after the prosecutor declined to charge Loehmann, a group of citizens filed affidavits pursuant to Ohio law R.C. 2935.09. Judge Ronald B. Adrine found that complaints should be filed with the prosecutor for probable cause against Loehmann for murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. Judge Adrine also found that complaints should be filed with prosecutors against Frank Garmback, Loehmann’s partner, for negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.
Prosecutor Tim McGinty took the case before an Ohio grand jury who decided not to indict Loehmann and Garmack. McGinty called the killing of Tamir Rice a “perfect storm” citing human error, mistakes, and communications by all involved. McGinty failed to mention communication problems were on the side of dispatch and the officers.
As we reported previously, Cleveland employees, including the dispatchers, have had their share of troubles, including some terminations. In March of this year, voters let Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty know that they no longer want him in office. McGinty’s opponent, Michael O’Malley, received more votes in the Democratic primary than McGinty. Since there is no Republican opponent, O’Malley is expected to take office in January 2017. Read the rest of this entry