12-Year-Old Tamir Rice’s Death Ruled A Homicide

Last month, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by a Cleveland police officer who was responding to a 911 call about Rice playing with a BB gun at a park. Surveillance video of the incident shows that Rice was shot mere seconds after Office Tim Loehmann and his partner arrived on the scene. Rice died the following day, yet another example of the police using excessive deadly force against a Black person. Today, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s report ruled Rice’s death a homicide.

Medical Examiner Thomas P. Gilson wrote in the report that “it is my opinion that Tamir E. Rice, a 12-year-old black adolescent male, died as a result of a gunshot wound to the abdomen which injured his inferior vena cava, intestines, and pelvis. The decedent was shot by law enforcement during legal intervention.”

The Rice family has filed a wrongful death suit against the Cleveland Police Department, arguing that Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, used excessive force against their son. The lawsuit also claims that the officers then left Rice’s body lying on the ground for four minutes before he was given medical attention. Loehmann, it turns out, was hired by the Cleveland PD even after another Ohio police department found him unfit for duty. [Washington Post]