Mayor Jackson: Administrative review is next in Tamir Rice case

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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said an administrative review is next in the Tamir Rice case.  The mayor and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams spoke out following the grand jury's decision not to charge the officers in the Tamir Rice case.

Chief Williams said both Officer Timothy Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback will remain on restricted duty until the review is complete. Williams said it's not known how long the administrative review will take, but a committee will get to work and look at all the evidence and testimony and forward a recommendation to his office.

Police were called to Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland on Nov. 22, 2014 after a 911 caller reported a male in the area waving a gun.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty said the investigation revealed that Officer Loehmann had reason to fear for his life when he shot Tamir Rice.

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"It would be irresponsible or unreasonable if the officer was required to wait and see if the gun was real," he said.

He said the shooting of Tamir Rice was tragic but not criminal.

McGinty said he called Tamir's mother to tell her the grand jury's decision.

"It was a rough call," McGinty said.

He said he recommended to the grand jury that no charges be filed.

**Read much more on the grand jury's decision here**

Tamir Rice's family released a statement through their attorney saying they were "saddened and disappointed, but not surprised" by the decision.

**Read more from the family here**

**Read more on the case here**

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:02 pm

Mayor Jackson: This has been a long, troubling, trying year for the Rice family; they have been pushing for some closure to the criminal side of this.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:02 pm

Mayor Jackson to Rice family: “We are sorry for their loss.”

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:02 pm

Mayor Jackson: We will now proceed to the administrative review of what happened; that will come to the chief.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:03 pm

Chief of Police Calvin Williams: We are making sure things get better in this city; we do that with assistance of others in this city.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:04 pm

Chief Williams: The results of the administrative review will be sent to my office.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:05 pm

Chief Williams: We don’t know how long that process will take. Committee will get to work and look at all the evidence and testimony and forward a recommendation to my office. 

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:10 pm

Chief Williams: Both officers will remain on restricted duty until the review is complete.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:15 pm

Mayor Jackson: Now every car is equipped with first aid kits. We have trained almost every officer in basic first aid.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:19 pm

Mayor Jackson: I can not guarantee an outcome; I don’t know what that outcome is.

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:19 pm

Mayor Jackson: We are going to do this the right way. The public does not believe that the system has been fair with them (talking nationwide.)

Kara Sutyak December 28, 20154:20 pm

Chief Williams and Mayor Jackson have ended their press conference.