Last November Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a city park. The investigation by law enforcement has now been completed, and the case is being handed over to prosecutors and a Grand Jury, reports CNN and other sources.
The Cleveland police officers had been dispatched to the scene by 911 because of calls received that someone–ultimately determined to be Tamir Rice–was walking around the park pointing a gun at people. At least one call to 911 reported “a guy with a pistol” walking around the park.
The same caller purportedly also told 911 that the gun was “probably” fake, but according to dispatch recordings released by law enforcement this additional information was not communicated to the responding officers. Even if it had, no police officer could reasonably be expected to risk his life on the firearm identification skills of an anonymous caller to 911.
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