by Damjan Tutarkov
The two police officers involved in the 2014 death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice won’t face federal criminal charges in the case, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced Tuesday.
The shooting: Rice, who was black, was shot and killed outside a recreation center in Cleveland in November 2014 by then-police Officer Timothy Loehmann after Loehmann mistook a black, toy airsoft gun for a real firearm.
Rice’s case came under renewed scrutiny following the death of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd in late May 2020, which sparked a global wave of anti-racism and social justice protests spearheaded by activist organizations like the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lack of evidence: The DOJ said in a release the reason they could not press charges against Loehmann and Officer Frank Garmback, who drove the patrol car, is because they could not prove that the officers’ actions obstructed justice or that Rice’s constitutional rights were violated.