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Department of Justice closes Tamir Rice investigation, will not file charges


The #Department of #Justice has decided to close the high-profile civil rights investigation into the killing of #Tamir #Rice, without bringing charges, according to sources familiar with the situation.

#Rice, 12, who was #Black, was carrying a pellet gun when he was shot by a #White #Cleveland #Police officer in 2014.

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#In this #Dec. 1, 2014 photo, #Tomiko #Shine holds up a picture of #Tamir #Rice, the 12 year old boy fatally shot by a rookie police officer in #Cleveland, #Ohio, on #Nov. 22, during a protest in #Washington, D.C.
(AP #Photo / #Jose #Luis #Magana, #File)

The DOJ is set to announce #Tuesday that career prosecutors reviewing the federal investigation into the fatal shooting of #Tamir #Rice found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges against the #Cleveland #Police officers involved in the incident.

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The child had been seen throughout the day at the #Cudell #Park #Recreation #Center, waving the weapon around and allegedly pointing it at more than one person, according to the DOJ.

#Investigators said the toy was “visually virtually indistinguishable from a real .45 #Colt semiautomatic pistol.”

Investigators said the toy was "visually virtually indistinguishable from a real .45 Colt semiautomatic pistol."

#Investigators said the toy was “visually virtually indistinguishable from a real .45 #Colt semiautomatic pistol.”
(#Justice #Department)

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#Eventually, someone called 911 to report a “guy with a pistol” pointing it at people visiting the playground, according to the DOJ. #But the caller also described the person with the gun as “probably a juvenile” and said that the object in his hand was “probably fake.”

#Although he was just 12, #Tamir was 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighed 195 pounds, authorities said.

The dispatcher sent out a high-priority call, but responding officers were not told about the callers’ reservations about #Tamir’s likely age and that the gun may have been a toy, according to investigators.

“The officers believed that they were responding to a playground where a grown man was brandishing a real gun at individuals, presumably including children,” the DOJ said.

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#Two officers arrived, and, according to statements they gave to investigators, ordered #Tamir to show his hands. They both said they believed he was reaching for a gun before one of them, #Officer #Timothy #Loehmann, opened fire.

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#Moments after getting out of the car, the boy had been shot. #Grainy video shows him fall, dropping a black object, which investigators said was the airsoft gun.

The DOJ said it informed #Tamir’s family of its decision on #Monday, ahead of the announcement.

#In order to convict #Loehmann of a federal civil rights violation, prosecutors would have had to prove that he acted both unreasonably and willfully, the DOJ said.

#Due to a lack of evidence, investigators said they could not do so.

#Video evidence was inconclusive, there were only two witnesses, who investigators said were more than 300 feet away and “shed little light on #Tamir’s actions,” and expert analysis also did little to help.

“#Based on this evidence and the high burdens of the applicable federal laws, career prosecutors have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that #Tamir did not reach for his toy gun; thus, there is insufficient evidence to establish that #Officer #Loehmann acted unreasonably under the circumstances,” the DOJ said.



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