December 12, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) According to Reuters, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner today ruled the death of Tamir Rice, the 12 year old shot by Cleveland PD rookie cop, Timothy Lowman, while playing with a toy gun in late November, a homicide. According to the autopsy report, Rice was in good health, not on drugs and died due to a “gunshot wound of torso with injuries of major vessel, intestines and pelvis.”
Released video footage of the incident showed Officer Lowman firing at Tamir less than 2 seconds after leaving his vehicle, believing the gun the boy had to be real after the 911 operator neglected to mention the gun might be fake. There will be a Grand Jury hearing to determine if charges will be filed against the officer, though Tamir’s family believe there is enough probable cause to go to trial.
The Justice Department has been investigating a pattern of excessive force used by the Cleveland Police Department since March, 2013. Reuters reports that the family of Tamir filed a lawsuit last week against the City of Cleveland and the two officers involved, who are currently on administrative leave.
December 04, 2014 – Tim Loman had recently resigned from another police force; Cleveland Police never checked his file.
Source: ABC News
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