Judge Finds Probable Cause In Cases Of Officers Involved In Tamir Rice Shooting
Cuayhoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says the case of two white Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old African-American boy holding a pellet gun will go to a grand jury. A Cleveland municipal court judge has ruled there is probable cause to charge officer Timothy Loehmann with murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide or dereliction of duty. He also ruled there is evidence to charge officer Frank Garmback with reckless homicide or dereliction of duty in the death of Tamir Rice last year. Rachelle Smith is one of eight community activists who filed evidence with the court.
Loehmann’s attorney, Henry Hilow, says evidence presented by the activists was from surveillance video of the shooting outside of a recreation center.
Attorney Walter Madison represents the Rice family.
It is not clear when the cases will be presented to a grand jury.