Cleveland Judge Ronald B. Adrine, who is the current presiding judge of the Municipal Court, found probable cause to charge Officer Timothy Loehmann. Loehmann is the officer who fired the deadly shot. The judge would like to charge him with murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and dereliction of duty. He also found a good reason to charge Officer Loehmann’s partner, Officer Frank Garmback, with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. Judge Adrine wrote:
“This court determines that complaints should be filed by the prosecutor of the City of Cleveland and/or the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.”
Timothy J. McGinty is the county persecutor handling the case, and although Judge Adrine’s ruling doesn’t really affect the case, it puts lots more pressure on Mr. McGinty in a closely watched case. In a statement, McGinty claims he is in no rush to get this resolved:
“This case, as with all other fatal use-of-deadly-force cases involving law enforcement officers, will go to the grand jury. That has been the policy of this office since I was elected. Ultimately, the grand jury decides whether police officers are charged or not charged.”
On the other hand, Henry Hilow, the lawyer for Officer Loehmann, said Adrine’s ruling should have no effect on the case:
“We’re not going to get caught up in the rhetoric of individuals who do not have firsthand knowledge of what took place that day and have not been privy to any of the investigation that’s been done.”
The problem is no one could say how long it would take to get these officers in cuffs. The supports of Tamir claim that if the shooters were not in uniforms, they would have been arrested already. It’s already been 7 months since Tamir’s passing, and still nothing.
In the video below, you can see the police car roll up and within 2 seconds Tamir is on the floor, and the cops are coming out of the car still shooting. Rice doesn’t seem to move at all before or after the bullets hit him. You can also see his 14-year old sister try to run to him but gets tackled by an office and handcuffed. Lastly, you can see how for at least four minutes, no one tries to provide first aid, and see the ambulance arrive about 8 minutes later.