The Cuyahoga County (Ohio), sheriff’s office finally has completed a report about the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was playing with a toy gun when he was killed by two Cleveland cops.
Sheriff Clifford Pinkey said his office has turned the report over to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who will present the evidence to a grand jury.
If the recent history of deadly police shootings involving unarmed black men is any indicator, the two cops, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, won’t be charged.
Grand juries in St. Louis and Staten Island, N.Y., refused to indict cops in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island.
Brown and Garner were unarmed. Garner’s killing was caught on video.
Tamir was shot to death on November 22, 2014, while he played in a park. Someone called the police and said a ‘man’ was brandishing a gun. The police dispatcher failed to say the gun was probably a toy.
Loehmann and Garmack drove up and shot Tamir at point blank range, claiming he was advancing on them. Police union officials said Tamir’s toy gun did not have an orange tip on the barrel indicating it was a toy.
Loehmann, a 26-year-old rookie cop, fired the fatal shot. He had been deemed unfit for duty at another police department, but the Cleveland PD hired him anyway.
Neither Loehmann nor Garmack were interviewed by sheriff’s police. They are on paid leave.
The investigation into Tamir’s shooting death began in January.