Lest We Forget

Tamir Rice2002-2014

On November 23, 2014, the Cleveland Police Department received a 911 call that a juvenile person was sitting in a gazebo near a local recreation center, pointing a gun at random people. The caller mentioned that the gun was probably fake.

When a police car arrived at the scene officer Timothy Loehmann immediately shot the person in the gazebo. Loehmann claimed to act in self-defense as the person seemed to pull a gun.

The person he had killed was 12-year-old African-American Tamir Rice who was playing with a replica toy gun.

During the grand jury investigation the prosecutors acted in defense of the two police officers, telling the grand jury that the officers had acted "bravely". The grand jury decided not to indict Loehmann.