Former Cleveland police union president to testify at Tamir Rice grand jury
CLEVELAND– The former police union president is expected to testify Wednesday in front of a grand jury hearing evidence in the Tamir Rice case.
Jeff Follmer, who was union president last November when 12-year-old Rice was shot by a Cleveland police officer, confirmed to the FOX 8 I-Team that he received a subpoena to appear in front of the grand jury.
Follmer said he plans to testify.
“I am going to honor it and tell the grand jury the facts that I know,” Follmer said. “I stand by and support the officers involved.”
The grand jury has been hearing the case for the last several weeks.
Fox 8 cameras were rolling earlier this month when the grand jury visited the scene were the shooting took place.
Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov,22, 2014 in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center.
The shooting happened after a 911 caller advised police there was a male at the rec center waving a gun.
When officers arrived, they saw Rice. According to police, Officer Timothy Loehmann told Rice to put his hands in the air, but instead the 12-year-old reached for his waistband. Rice had an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun.
Family members of Rice say the officers shot the 12-year-old in less than 2 seconds, and they believe the officers should be criminally charged.
Expert opinions, released by the prosecutor’s office, say the officers’ actions were justified.
It will be up the grand jury to determine if any charges should be filed against the officers.