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Cleveland Police Wanted To Charge 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice With 'Aggravated Menacing' And 'Inducing Panic' (Video)

A newly-released Cleveland police incident report shows that officers wanted to charge 12-year-old Tamir Rice with two crimes a full six days after the boy died.

Rice was shot by a cop on Nov. 22, 2014, and died on Nov. 23, 2014 (video below).

However, the incident report, dated Nov. 29, 2014, calls for Rice to be charged with "aggravated menacing" and "inducing panic," noted the Daily Kos.

Because Rice died, he was never formally charged.

On Nov. 22, an unidentified citizen called 911 and said that Rice was carrying a gun that was "probably fake" in a local park, but the dispatcher failed to tell Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.

When Loehmann and Garmback arrived in the park, Loehmann shot Rice within two seconds. Neither he nor Garmback immediately gave Rice medical treatment, reports

There have been no charges brought against Loehmann and Garmback following the incident. Because a criminal investigation is still continuing, Loehmann and Garmback want a civil suit filed by Rice's family against the City of Cleveland to be postponed until the criminal case is closed.

According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Loehmann and Garmback's attorneys claim that their clients do not want to testify in the civil case if their testimonies could be used against them in a future criminal case.

There will be a court hearing on June 1 to determine if the lawsuit by Rice's family will be postponed.

The City of Cleveland is defending itself against the lawsuit by claiming that Rice and his family played some part in "contributory and/or comparative negligence to the extent applicable under Ohio law," noted the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Sources:, Daily Kos, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, (2), WEWS
Image Credit: WEWS Screenshot


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