CLEVELAND — Prosecutors in Ohio have released a frame-by-frame analysis of surveillance camera footage that shows a white Cleveland police officer fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun last year.
The enhancement by a video expert will be presented to a grand jury that’s been meeting to decide if patrolman Timothy Loehmann should be charged criminally for killing Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center on November 22, 2014.
The enhancement doesn’t appear to provide any new information. McGinty called the additional images “pieces of a complex puzzle.”
Meanwhile, Attorneys for the family of Tamir Rice have asked a prosecutor to allow their use-of-force experts to testify before the grand jury.
The request follows the release of reports by prosecutors that concluded the shooting was justified because the officers had no way of knowing that Rice’s pellet gun wasn’t a real firearm.
The family’s experts say bad police tactics led to Tamir’s death.