The City of Cleveland, Ohio had recently called upon a number of so-called experts to write clearly biased reports commissioned by Cleveland prosecutors. Those reports all unanimously concluded that the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice was justified.
But attorneys for the child’s family said that these were members of law enforcement penning the reports, and these could hardly be regarded as in any way impartial or approaching an unbiased perspective.
Now, the family has released reports from its own experts that contradict the law enforcement position, and instead say that deadly force should not have been used in this situation.
“We think it is important that the grand jury be given the opportunity to consider the testimony and findings of true experts to explain why this killing was unjustified,” Rice family attorneys said in a letter to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. That letter was dated on last Friday.
The attorneys say that they want their experts to testify before a grand jury. That grand jury should then decide whether to bring charges against the officer who shot Tamir – only after having heard these experts and not just those assembled by law enforcement.
The attorneys further concluded that the report, put out by the State which ruled the shooting justified, is “utterly biased and deeply flawed”.
Tamir was shot by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann within two seconds after arriving to the scene, November 22nd, 2014.
Tamir had no weapon at all, but was playing with an airsoft-type gun. This was made clear to 911 dispatchers who failed to relay that to the police officers responding to the call.
Roger Clark, a consultant formerly with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, said, “there was no time in those 1.7 seconds for officers Loehmann or Garmback to have issued any intelligible commands to Tamir, much less for Tamir to respond to any commands.”
Clark said that based on this, it is clear neither officer tried to deescalate any situation. They showed up and Loehmann opened fire.
Former Irvine, California, deputy police chief Jeffrey Noble said “the officers’ grossly reckless tactics placed Officer Loehmann in a position where he was within a few feet of Tamir. Any claim by Officer Loehmann that he had to make a split-second decision was a result of his and Officer Garmback[‘s] actions.”
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(Article by M. David and Shante Wooten; image by #Op309 Media)