Non-Indictment In Tamir Rice Killing Proves Once Again That America Is Broken

On Monday, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor announced the non-indictment of Officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot the 12-year-old two seconds after encountering him.
Tamir Rice, shot dead by police while carrying fake gun

In a scene that we’ve already seen played out numerous times in the past year or so, yet another police officer who needlessly shot and killed a young unarmed black male was allowed to walk away scot-free after a grand jury said everything was all good. Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann will not be indicted for the shooting death of Tamir Rice, per the findings of a Cuyahoga County grand jury, which was announced by prosecutor Tim McGinty on Monday afternoon.

Rice was shot dead by Loehmann after he and his partner pulled up next to the 12-year-old last November. The young man was carrying a toy pellet pistol in a park, and officers were called to the scene due to concerns from a witness who felt Rice might be threatening people with a real gun. Despite the caller saying he thought the gun was “probably fake” and the individual was likely a juvenile, the two officers drove their car right up next to Rice and Loehmann shot him dead within two seconds.

Even though Loehmann was previously deemed unfit to be a police officer by a previous employer, and the video showed the extremely short amount of time it took for Loehmann to use deadly force, the grand jury felt there was not enough evidence to charge the officer with a crime. Of course, McGinty could have charged Loehmann himself, but as we’ve seen in cases such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner and John Crawford III, the justice system would rather use the grand jury as an end-around to allow officers a way to get off while the prosecutors can claim they’ve done ‘all they can.’ (McGinty, however, recommended the grand jury not indict either officer.)

Obviously, we should expect widespread protests in response to this decision. Considering that a young boy with a toy was quickly mowed down by an officer who should have never been hired in the first place, only to have 400 days pass before the system says the officer did nothing wrong, then a vocal and physical expression of disgust is definitely in the cards. And who can blame anyone for reacting that way, seriously?

The immediate reaction from many involved in Black Lives Matter and those sympathetic to the cause was one of tired resignation, as they all knew this was going to be the end result. Sure, there was anger and grief, but there wasn’t disbelief.



America, you are broken. This is not who we are. We shouldn’t expect this. We shouldn’t accept this. This needs to change. Now.

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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