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Shooting of Tamir Rice

The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African-American boy (June 25, 2002 – November 23, 2014), occurred on November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, responded after receiving a police dispatch call "of a male black sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people" in a city park.[3] [4] [5] A caller reported that a male was pointing "a pistol" at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center. At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol "it"s probably fake".[6] Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated "he is probably a juvenile".[7] However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch.[8] [9] The officers reported that upon their arrival, Rice reached towards a gun in his waistband. The officer"s claim was later confirmed with enhanced video evidence, though the gun was a toy.[10] Within two seconds of arriving on the scene, Loehmann fired two shots, without yelling at Rice to drop the gun, in response to the toy weapon being drawn by Rice,[10] [11] [12] hitting Rice once in the torso.[4] [13] He died on the following day.[14]

Rice"s gun was later found to be an Airsoft toy gun that lacked the orange safety feature marking it as a replica and not a true firearm.[15] [16]

A surveillance video of the incedent was released by police four days later, on November 26.[17] On June 3, 2015, the County Sheriff"s Office released a statement in which they declared their investigation to be completed and that they had turned their findings over to the county prosecutor. Several months later, the prosecution presented evidence to a grand jury, which declined to indict primarily on the basis that Rice was drawing what appears to be an actual firearm from his waist as the police arrived.[10] [18] [19] A lawsuit brought against the city of Cleveland by Rice"s family was subsequently settled for $6 million in an effort to reduce taxpayer liabilities.[1]

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