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A Cleveland Municipal Court judge said Thursday there was probable cause to charge a Cleveland officer with murder in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, according to Cleveland.com.
Officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed Rice in November 2014 while Rice was playing with a toy gun. Loehmann opened fire within two seconds of arriving outside a recreation center where the young boy was standing.
The judge also found there was probable cause to charge officer Frank Garmback, Loehmann’s partner, with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.
Judge Ronald Adrine found that there were grounds to prosecute the officers, but he notes in his decision that he is acting in an “advisory” role and that ultimately a grand jury will decide whether charges are warranted.
Adrine’s decision notes that in surveillance footage of the incident, “there appears to be little if any time reflected on the video for Rice to react or respond to any verbal or audible commands given from Loehmann and Garmback from their [car] between the time that they first arrived and the time that Rice was shot.”
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