WORLD-Rice death ruled homicide

CLEVELAND –– The death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was shot last month by a Cleveland police officer, who authorities say mistook the child’s air gun for a real firearm, has been ruled a homicide, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said today.

The November 22 shooting outside a Cleveland recreation centre is under investigation, and Tamir’s family has filed a lawsuit against two officers and the city over his death.

Tamir RIce
Tamir RIce

The homicide finding indicates that Tamir was killed by the police officer, rather than dying accidentally or by natural causes or by suicide. Medical examiners’ homicide findings make no comment on whether the killing constitutes a crime.

The cause of death was a “gunshot wound of the torso with injuries of major vessel, intestines and pelvis”, according to paperwork provided by Christopher Harris in the medical examiner’s communications office.

Rice was pointing a pellet gun at people outside the recreation centre before he was shot, police say. A witness called 911 to say that a black male –– “probably a juvenile” –– was pointing
“a pistol” at people, but added twice that the gun was “probably” fake.

A dispatcher asked officers to respond, but it doesn’t appear the dispatcher told them of the caller’s suspicions that the gun was probably fake or that the person was probably a minor.

Two officers arrived in a police car. Within two seconds of exiting the car, Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir, and the boy died the next day, police say.

Police have said that Loehmann opened fire after Tamir reached for the gun in his waistband and that an orange tip indicating the gun was a toy had been removed.

Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice said she didn’t allow her son to play with toy guns, and one of his friends gave the air gun to him.

Loehmann, 26, and the car’s driver Officer Frank Garmback, 46, are on paid leave as the investigation is conducted.

Source: (CNN)

5 Responses to WORLD-Rice death ruled homicide

  1. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown December 13, 2014 at 12:56 am

    then what??

  2. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer December 13, 2014 at 1:07 am

    The land of the free…and the home of the gun.

  3. Redgrave Garcia
    Redgrave Garcia December 13, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Baby my heart grieves for you really!

  4. Ormond Mayers December 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I hope and pray the police Officer involve in this child senseless murder be brought to justice. This behavior by the police killing of black males is too prevalent, and serious action is needed to arrest this trend.

    May Tamir rest in peace. Gone so young at he hand of a lawless person.

  5. Gloria Mendes December 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Why were the officers not told it looked like it was not a real gun when the caller told the dispatcher twice that it didn’t appear to be real.


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