No charges in Ohio police slaying of Tamir Rice

Samaria Rice, Benjamin Crump, Walter Madison
FILE- In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Samaria Rice, center, the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, watches the video of Tamir's shooting during a news-conference in Cleveland. Attorney Benjamin Crump, left, and attorneys Walter Madison, right, watch. Attorneys for the family of Tamir Rice have asked a prosecutor to allow their use-of-force experts to testify before the grand jury. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict a rookie Cleveland police officer or his partner for their roles in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black youngster who was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun.

Patrolman Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir Rice within two seconds of a police cruiser driven by Frank Garmback skidding to a stop near the boy in November 2014. The charges come after a lengthy investigation by the Cuyahoga County sheriff’s office and county prosecutors and a grand jury presentation that began in late October.

Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced the grand jury’s decision Monday.

A video of the shooting captured by a surveillance camera provoked outrage nationally and made Tamir a central figure in a protest movement over police killings.

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