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Family of Tamir Rice asks for aggravated murder charges against officer

Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland Police at Cudell Rec Center in November 2014....
Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland Police at Cudell Rec Center in November 2014. (Source: Family)
Published: Sep. 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2015 at 7:59 PM EDT
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Attorneys for the family of Tamir Rice sent a letter to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty Thursday, asking for aggravated murder charges to be filed against Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann.

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On November 22, 2014, Tamir was shot by Officer Loehmann after police received a report of a male with a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland.

Tamir died the next day. The gun turned out to be an Airsoft-type BB gun.

According to the Cuyahoga County sheriff's investigation, Officer Loehmann, who fired the shot, was distraught and was overheard muttering something to the effect of he had a gun and reached for it after I told him to show his hands.

Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra released a statement addressing Thursday's letter to McGinty's office:

"Ms. Rice, her family and her counsel are urging the prosecutor's office to request a charge of aggravated murder against officer Loehmann based on the fact that Tamir was a victim under the age of 13.  The aggravated murder statute does not require pre-calculation and design - that is premeditation - where the victim is under the age of 13; all that is required is a purpose to cause death, which is plainly the case when one shoots a gun at someone else."

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