Two outside reviews say Cleveland officer justified in fatal shooting of Tamir Rice

Two outside reviews say Cleveland officer justified in fatal shooting of Tamir Rice
Tamir Rice

[Ed. – This is a followup to this story.]

A white Cleveland police officer was justified in fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun moments after pulling up beside him, according to two outside reviews conducted at the request of the prosecutor investigating the death.

A retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor both found the rookie patrolman who shot Tamir Rice in November exercised a reasonable use of force because he had reason to perceive the boy — described in a 911 call as man waving and pointing a gun — as a serious threat.

The reports were released Saturday night by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office, which asked for the outside reviews as it presents evidence to a grand jury that will ultimately determine whether Timothy Loehmann will be charged in Tamir’s death.

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