Expert in released Rice report first commented in May

Expert in released Rice report first commented in May

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - One of the experts cited in a report released over the weekend by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office has commented on the Tamir Rice case in the past.

The Prosecutor's Office released reports from two hired experts in the Rice case. Both found that the officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir acted within the law.

Lamar Sims is a Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney for the city of Denver.

While he was hired by prosecutors, Cleveland 19 has learned that this latest report is not the first time he has commented on this case. Sims discussed the case as far back as May 2015.

"Often we will learn things, facts, after the incident that a reasonable officer did not or could not have known at the time. A community may react to facts known later. For example, I'm looking around the nation, say you have a 12 or 13-year-old boy with a toy gun. We learned that later. The question is what did the officer know at the time? What should a reasonable peace officer have known at the time when he or she took the steps that led to the use of physical force or deadly physical force?" Sims asked on public television in Denver.

Video Courtesy: Denver8TV (published May 8, 2015)

Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra released the following statement in reaction to Sims' comments in May.

"This new information underscores the Rice family's concerns that these supposed "experts" were selected to provide the prosecutor with cover for not wanting to secure justice for young Tamir. It's unprecedented for a prosecutor to solicit "expert" reports to benefit the targets of a murder investigation before a grand jury, which is merely supposed to consider probable cause. (When is the last time this prosecutor did that?) This information, combined with the facts these "experts" ignored, makes it apparent to the Rice family that these are not really independent experts."

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