A Cleveland judge on Thursday found that there is probable cause to charge two police officers in the fatal shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice.
Within 2 seconds of arriving on the scene, Officer Timothy Loehmann opened fire on the 12 year old as he held a toy gun.
Judge Ronald B. Adrine, who released his decision Thursday afternoon, also found that there was probable cause to charge officer Frank Garmback, Loehmann’s partner.
The judge found probable cause for charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty against Loehmann.
Judge: Enough evidence for charges in Tamir Rice death
He found probable cause for charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty against Garmback.
“This court reaches its conclusions consistent with the facts in evidence and the standard of proof that applies at this time,” the judge said.
But before you start cheering, consider the following analysis from The Columbus Dispatch: “The judge’s ruling is largely symbolic because he cannot compel prosecutors to charge the officers in the death of Tamir Rice last November.”