Tamir Rice’s family asks the Justice Department to reopen the case

Updated: Apr. 16, 2021 at 1:59 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The family of Tamir Rice and their attorneys have now asked the United States Justice Department to reopen the case of his fatal shooting in 2014.

“Last fall The Washington Post and New York Times reported that there had been political interference by the last administration with the sound judgment of career civil right prosecutors.”

Cleveland attorney Subodh Chandra wants the Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland to take another, “close” look at the shooting death of 12 year Tamir Rice. Tamir, who had been playing with a toy gun, was shot and killed within two seconds upon the arrival of Cleveland Police officers Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback.

“Those prosecutors had recommended twice that a grand jury be convened and that officers Loehmann and Garmback be investigated. The Times reported that a whistle-blower filed a complaint about that political interference.”

In Oct. 2020, justice department officials dropped the case.

In March 2021, the 8th District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County upheld the ruling that the city of Cleveland’s decision to fire Loehmann was justified.

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