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Published On: Wed, Jul 15th, 2015

Judge avoids charging police officers Timothy Loehmann, Frank Garmback with murdering Tamir Rice

An Ohio judge ruled to reject an appeal by the family of teen shot to death by police. Activists known as the Group of Eight are aiding Tamir Rice’s family to penalize the two police officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who shot and killed the boy after responding to a 911 call.

Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals Municipal Judge Ronald Adrine reviewed video footage of Rice being killed in a field outside of a local recreational center, where he had a pellet gun. Adrine rejcted the call to charge the officers with murder directly.

Judge Adrine did open the door for country prosecutors to open a case and ask a grand jury to make the final decision on whether or not the charges will be filed.

Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, has been support by the “Cleveland 8″ who noted an obscure state law allowing citizens to bypass prosecutors and file affidavits with judges when they believe a crime has been committed.

The group has since made another appeal with a higher court, the Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals, to push lower courts into putting out the arrest warrants.

Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

Mike Nelson, an attorney from the NAACP spoke on behalf of the Cleveland 8 detailing their appeals process and stating that had the plaintiffs are getting special treatment for their status as police officers.

“Any regular citizen would have been charged by now,” Nelson said.

The released video below reveals that Tamir’s sister was detained and handcuffed after rushing to help him after shots were fired. No medical attention was given immediately as the police officers behave indifferently as Tamir began bleeding out at the scene.

“This has to be the cruelest thing I’ve ever seen,” Akron-based attorney Walter Madison said, calling the video “shocking and outrageous.”

Madison said the video depicted officers who showed “overwhelming indifference” to Tamir as he lay on the ground.

“No one thinks that it’s appropriate to try to save him,” Madison said. “The first person who does is not affiliated with the Cleveland police department.

“This is the level of service that makes people very upset and distrustful of law enforcement.”

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