Rice, 12-year-old Rice, was shot and killed by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann outside the entertainment center at the time. The authorities claimed to have misused a black toy air gun to make a real gun.
Rice was black and died in November 2014. This fully illustrates the allegations of excessive use of force by the police, which have defined the movement for black lives.
Loehmann, who had received on-site training, arrived at the scene in a patrol car driven by police officer Frank Garmback.
According to the press release, the Civil Rights Division and federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio concluded that they could not prove that Rice’s constitutional rights were violated or officials obstructed justice.
The federal lawyer said: “In order to determine the violation of federal civil rights, the government must prove that the behavior of the Roman officer in this situation is unreasonable and that his behavior was intentional.”
The prosecutor said that because the officer said that Lohman thought Rice was going to shoot, the Justice Department must prove: “1) Tamir did not reach for the gun; 2) Lohman police did not realize that Tamir was extending his hand. Although he has always been contrary Said, but still fighting for his guns.”
Federal officials said the video footage was grainy and was taken from a distance. It did not show all the events or provide details.
The prosecutor reviewed the video evidence of the incident as well as the statements of officials, interviews with witnesses and statements of experts.
CNN has contacted Loehmann, Garmback and the Rice family to comment.
Officials said that Loehmann was fired in May 2017 not because of the shooting, but because investigators discovered that his work experience was not true when applying for a job.
Garmback was suspended for 10 days because he violated the tactical rules on how to drive to the scene where Les was shot and killed on the day.
Loehmann shot Rice after a 911 witness reported that someone was brandishing a gun in the park. Records show that the caller pointed out that the person “may be a teenager” and the gun was “may be a counterfeit.”
However, the dispatcher did not share the qualifiers with responders Loehmann and Garmback.
Video of the incident shows Loehmann arriving at the squad driven by Garmback. The car approached Les, and within less than two seconds after arriving, Leman shot the boy.
Loehmann and Garmback said in a written statement in November 2015 that they believed Rice was pulling out a real gun from his belt.