Tamir Rice was like any other child, playing an imaginary scenario in his head with a toy gun at a Cuyahoga County Park in Cleveland, Ohio sometime in November 2014. No one was outside within viewing distance. As a precautionary measure, a concerned citizen called the police, stating that a young boy was probably just playing with a toy gun but that this should be verified. The dispatcher assigned officers to check the scene without informing them about the probability of the gun being a toy. The officers arrive and within two seconds the child was fatally shot by a novice officer who had been fired from a previous position because of his lack of sound judgment under duress. The older sister leaves a class setting to assist her brother while he is losing his life. No one was helping the child. She was detained, cuffed and placed in the police car while she knew her beloved brother was in trouble. Then the police officers detail their story along the lines that they had to shoot the child to protect other folks (nonexistent) in the surrounding area after they had shouted at the child to put down his gun (which could not have happened within 2 seconds). There is a video to prove that they were lying.
The prosecutor Timothy McGinty is the elected prosecutor who from the beginning attempted to derail this investigation from being fairly executed. He just went through whatever motions and procedures that had been used in the past to obtain the results he wanted. His bias prevented him from conducting a truly independent review of this case. Mr. McGinty announced publicly to the press that he had recommended to the grand jury, that they not bring charges against Officer Timothy Loehmann which they complied with on 12/28/15.
Yes, the Prosecutor Tim McGinty is up for re-election. His challenger, Michael O’Malley has been highly critical about his rival’s handling of the Tami Rice case. On 12/28/15, Vince Grzegorek wrote his blog in the Cleveland Scene Weekly, titled, ” Michael O’Malley, Challenger in Prosecutor’s Race Against Tim McGinty, Blasts McGinty’s Handling of Tamir Rice Grand Jury.” Here are the excerpts:
“Democrat Michael O’Malley — former deputy to Bill Mason and current safety director of Parma — is running against Tim McGinty in the Democratic primary in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s race. Here’s his quick thoughts on today’s announcement that a grand jury declined to indict the officers who killed Tamir Rice and how McGinty has handled the grand jury.”
“I would say this,” O’Malley says. “It’s a tragic situation for all involved. I think Prosecutor McGinty’s handling of the entire affair leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a process that took far too long — far too long for the family and for the officers involved.”
“Without knowing all the facts like the grand jury and Prosecutor McGinty,” he says, “all I can say is that it took far too long and it left a lot to be desired. McGinty can write a book on how not to present a police shooting to a grand jury. His drip by drip public releases put additional pressure on the grand jurors. Much of what we saw over the last few weeks, a lot of it was carefully calculated and politically motivated, I think, with the timing of the releases.”
“I think the process by which grand jurors hear cases in Ohio is a process that has been developed through centuries, not weeks or years. And while I think there can be ways to improve the system, and we should look at them, the drip by drip release of information put additional pressures on the grand jurors. They had a very difficult decision and that decision was heightened and maybe prejudiced by the nature and timing of the reports that were released. I think the grand jurors did the best they could.”
“Quite frankly,” he says, “this could have been wrapped up weeks ago. I think (McGinty) delayed it until after the (Cuyahoga County Democracts’) endorsement meetings.”
“Those meetings happened earlier this month.”
“I feel for the Rice family and it’s been a rough road for the officers too,” O’Malley says. “The Rice family will never be the same with the loss.”