November 22nd, 2014
Tamir Rice was a beautiful Black twelve
year old boy, whose smile would light up a room and who loved his brothers and sisters.
On November 22nd he was fatally shot by Timothy Loehman, a Cleveland, Ohio police officer.
Tamir was outside playing at a park with a replica toy gun, when a call was placed to police reporting of a young "man with a gun".
The caller also mentioned "it's probably fake" and later "he is probably a juvenile". The police dispatcher failed to communicate these crucial observations to arriving police.
Police arrived on the scene and within moments of their arrival, shot Tamir.
He died the next day at Metro Health Medical Center.
The entire incident was less than 2 seconds.
During the investigation into Tamir's murder, both officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
On December 28th, 2015 a grand jury declined to indict Timothy Loehman and Frank Garmback (also on the scene at the time of Tamir's murder).
Timothy Loehman was eventutally fired in 2017.
Not for the murder of Tamir, but for
withholding information regarding his mental instability at his past police department on his Cleveland police application.
On December 29th 2020, The U.S Justice Department declined to bring criminal charges against Timothy Loehman and Frank Garmback, citing poor quality of the video evidence.
Tamir's life mattered.
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