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