Investigation Into Police Shooting of 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Almost Completed

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A sheriff says detectives have completed most of their investigation into a Cleveland police officer’s fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed while carrying a pellet gun in November 2014.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney said Tuesday that investigators still have a few more witnesses to interview.

The sheriff’s office agreed in January to take over the investigation.

Rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir within seconds of a police cruiser pulling up next to the boy. Loehmann and his partner were responding to a 911 call about a black male pointing a gun at people outside a recreation center, also saying the gun is “probably fake.”

Tamir, a black boy, was carrying an Airsoft-type gun that shoots nonlethal plastic pellets. The shooting by the white officer intensified the focus on police treatment of African-Americans and spurred protests around Cleveland.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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