Hat tip to Crustyolemothman
On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was in a park in Cleveland, Ohio with a toy gun. A person called 911 and told the dispatcher that the person was “probably a juvenile” and the gun was “probably fake.” The dispatcher did not relay that information over the radio.
Officers Frank Garmback and Rookie Timothy Loehmann arrived and Loehmann shot Tamir Rice, who later died from the gunshot wound.
The Cleveland police dispatcher who failed to relay all of the information was suspended for eight days.
There were filings in court where a judge found probable cause to arrest Garmback and Loehmann, however, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty did not charge the officers and a grand jury did not indict.
Tamir’s estate filed a federal lawsuit and the City of Cleveland settled for $6 million.
The Cleveland Police Union has filed suit against manufacturers of toy guns seeking to have them redesigned.
Today, May 30, 2017, Timothy Loehmann was fired from the Cleveland Police Department. His termination was for violations he committed in the course of his hiring process. Read the rest of this entry
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
Another one bites the dust.
In November 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann just seconds after Loehmann pulled up to him. At the time of his death, Tamir was playing with a toy gun that was missing the orange warning tip that is supposed to identify it as a toy. The man who called 911 said that the gun probably wasn’t real, and the person with it was a kid. The dispatcher did not relay that however.
After he was shot by Loehmann, Tamir was reported to the hospital to be a man in his early 20’s. Tamir’s family lived across the street from the park where he was killed. His 14-year old sister ran out to come to his aid, and could have given officers facts about his age had she not been handcuffed and put in the back of the police car and threatened with arrest unless she remained silent.
Police dispatcher Constance Hollinger took the initial 9-1-1 call from a man outside the Cudell Recreation Center who said that someone was pointing a gun that was “probably fake” at people. She passed it on to Beth Mandi, who dispatched the police to Cudell Commons on Nov. 22, when Tamir Rice was shot. Beth Mandi was fired from her first police dispatcher job in September 2008. That same month, she was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to a bar. Read the rest of this entry
What angers me is that there are separation of powers, and prosecutors are replacing the judiciary as interpreters. Judges have defined “reasonable” and that is also included in jury instructions in cases of this nature. Now, how can a prosecutor who has found that killing 12-year old Tamir Rice was reasonable, is going to be able to indict a ham sandwich before the grand jury?
BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
Two reports done by Cuyahoga County, Ohio Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty found the shooting of Tamir Rice, by police officer Timothy Loehmann to be a “reasonable ” shooting.
For those of you whom don’t remember, Tamir Rice was a 12 year old school kid, who was playing with a toy gun, when he was gunned down in approximately three seconds by , police officer Timothy Loehmann, who was responding to a 911 call about someone walking around with a gun. Ohio by the way is an open carry state.
A grand jury will still have to make the final decision if charges will be brought against Loehmann.
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Tamir Rice is the 12 year old who was shot and killed in Ohio by a cop who fired his gun in less than 2 seconds of arriving on scene.
A man had called 911 and told dispatch that a guy was in the park who might be a juvenile had a gun that might have been fake, but it was making him nervous. Dispatch put out the call without saying it could be a juvenile and could be a toy gun.
Tamir did not die right away. Reports have it that the EMT’s arrived about 4 minutes after Tamir was shot. He was taken to the hospital where he died the next day.
Tamir’s autopsy was released today. It makes the reality of life and death profound. One bullet can end a life. One bullet can cause suffering before ending a life.