Updated Monday, Dec. 28, 8:24 p.m. EST: Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, released the following statement shortly after the grand jury released its decision:
My family and I are in pain and devastated by the non-indictment of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback for the murder of our beloved Tamir. After this investigation—which took over a year to unfold—and Prosecutor McGinty’s mishandling of this case, we no longer trust the local criminal-justice system, which we view as corrupt.
Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system.
I don’t want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored. We will continue to fight for justice for him, and for all families who must live with the pain that we live with.
As the video shows, Officer Loehmann shot my son in less than a second. All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade.
I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.
The Cleveland police officer responsible for the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice will not face charges, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday afternoon, the New York Times reports.
The decision signals the end of a lengthy investigation after the incident rocked the nation last year when the young boy was gunned down seconds after officers arrived on the scene.
Tamir, who was black, was carrying a fake gun outside a local recreation center when someone called 911. The caller cautioned that the gun was “probably fake” and that Tamir was likely very young, but that information was reportedly never given to responding Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.