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Two Reports Say Police Killing Of Tamir Rice Was Justified


Two investigations by outside law enforcement experts say a white Cleveland police officer was justified when he fatally shot a 12-year-old African-American boy holding a pellet gun last year.  Reports from a retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor were included in documents released Saturday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, which asked for the outside reviews. Both concluded officer Timothy Loehmann had reason to perceive Tamir Rice as a threat before shooting him last November. Retired FBI agent Kimberly Crawford concluded Loehmann had reason to perceive the boy as a serious threat when he shot him two seconds after his cruiser pulled up to Rice outside of a recreation center. The prosecutor's office says a grand jury will ultimately decide if Loehmann should face criminal charges, but hasn't said when. The attorney for the Rice family says the reports show the prosecutor's office is avoiding accountability. Subodh Chandra says the family wants the officers held accountable and it seems "the prosecutor's office has been on a 12-month quest" to avoid it. Chandra says getting "so-called experts to assist in the whitewash - when the world has the video of what happened - is all the more alarming."

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