The police officer who killed Tamir Rice got away with murder. According to prosecutor Tim McGinty, the shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun was justified under the law.
“The evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police,” McGinty said. The grand jury declined to press criminal charges against officer Timothy Loehmann who shot and killed Rice within seconds of approaching the child. Officer Frank Garmback was also not indicted.
McGinty claimed that the officer was frightened because he didn’t know if Rice had a real gun. However, Loehmann’s lack of judgment proves that he didn’t have the capacity to serve as an officer. Also, Loehmann was found to be unfit to serve by a previous supervisor.
Rice’s family and their supporters are irate over the outcome. Protests from around the country will take place tonight and tomorrow.