CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office received an expert report Thursday regarding the November 2014 shooting death of Tamir Rice.
Tamir was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann outside the Cudell Recreation Center after someone called 911 to report that someone was waving a gun. The 12-year-old was found to have an airsoft pellet gun.
The report released Thursday comes from Ken Katsaris, a police consultant and trainer out of Florida.
After releasing the report, County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty issued this statement:
As prosecutor, it is my sworn duty to uphold the law and seek justice in every case, regardless of popular opinion or public controversy.
When it comes to police use of deadly force cases, I could simply make a ruling as to whether a police officer’s actions were justified by law or violated the law, with no need to explain my decision. Instead, in all fatal use of deadly force cases, I have chosen to use a process by which evidence is carefully investigated by another separate and neutral police agency (in this case, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office). The Grand Jury will then hear from all witnesses and experts, and hear from any additional witnesses they desire or demand.
Ultimately, the people who actually hear the evidence and question the witnesses will make the final decision regarding charges. I have faith in the people of this county to fulfill their sworn duty to make a correct and honorable decision.
To read the entire report, click here: Cleveland19.com
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