|Ohio prosecutor Tim McGinty announces no charges for police who shot and killed 12 year old Tamir Rice|
An Ohio grand jury has decided not to return an indictment in the 2014 police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.
Rice was holding a pellet gun when he was shot. It was "reasonable" to believe that the officer who killed the boy was facing a threat, McGinty said.
The officer was in training outside a Cleveland recreation center in November 2014. The shooting sparked controversy given Tamir's age and the fact that he had a gun that resembled a handgun.
McGinty called Rice's killing an "absolute tragedy."
"But it was not, by the law that binds us, a crime," he said. He said he has "heard the chants" that cry for justice for the boy.
"We too want justice for Tamir," he said. But it would not be justice to bring charges against the officers involved in the shooting if those charges "could not be sustained."That, however, "doesn't mean the legal system is done," he said. The civil courts may provide some accountability to the boy's family "that they deserve," McGinty said.
The shooting of a child should "never happen again," he said, and he urged that toy gun manufacturers stop making their products look so much like real guns.
Tamir had been playing near the swings of a recreation center near his home when he was shot on November 22. He died a day later.