Two independent experts hired by Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty have reached the same conclusion in the tragic police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
The experts conclude that the officer who shot and killed the boy in a Cleveland park "acted reasonably" when he opened fire on 2 seconds after getting out of his police cruiser.
The so-called "experts" will present their conclusions to a grand jury to determine whether to press charges against Officer Tim Loehmann.
According to the experts, Loehmann was not aware of Tamir's age nor the fact that he was playing with a toy pistol when Loehmann responded to a call about a man with a gun.
“Even if Officer Loehmann was aware of Rice’s age, it would not have made his use of force unreasonable,” wrote retired FBI special agent Kimberly A. Crawford in her report. “A twelve-year-old with a gun, unquestionably old enough to pull a trigger, poses a threat equal to that of a full-grown adult in a similar situation.”
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