Officers in Tamir Rice shooting to face a new administrative review

Tamir Rice's Family 'Saddened' but 'Not Surprised' by Grand Jury Decision

The two Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice will face a new administrative review after a grand jury decided not to press charges against them, Mayor Frank Jackson said Tuesday.

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Regardless of what the grand jury in Cuyahoga County believed about the Tamir's death on Nov. 22, 2014, "it should not have happened," Jackson said at a news conference Tuesday.

"It should not have happened," he repeated. "It simply should not have happened."

County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Monday that it was "reasonable" for rookie cop Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shots, to believe that they he was in danger when Tamir reached for what turned out to be a pellet gun.

"He had reason to fear for his life," McGinty said.

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2015/11/22: Kids with Tamir Rice signs. Stop Mass Incarcerations Network sponsored a children's march demanding accountability on the one year anniversary of Tamir Rice's death at the hands of the Cleveland police. (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2015/11/22: Stop Mass Incarceration Network co-founder Carl Dix with sign. Stop Mass Incarcerations Network sponsored a children's march demanding accountability on the one year anniversary of Tamir Rice's death at the hands of the Cleveland police. (Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 23: People march in protest to the Cuddell Recreation Center where Tamir Rice was killed, in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. After leading police on a 20-mile chase, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were shot dead after Officer Brelo jumped onto the hood of the car and unleashing a fatal barrage of gunfire. on May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 23: People march in protest to the Cuddell Recreation Center where Tamir Rice was killed, in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. After leading police on a 20-mile chase, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were shot dead after Officer Brelo jumped onto the hood of the car and unleashing a fatal barrage of gunfire. on May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 23: People march in protest to the Cuddell Recreation Center where Tamir Rice was killed, in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. After leading police on a 20-mile chase, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were shot dead after Officer Brelo jumped onto the hood of the car and unleashing a fatal barrage of gunfire. on May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 20: Cory Webb, 24, raises a sign on the corner of E. Roadway as demonstrators protest police violence December 20, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 20: An unidentified woman raises a sign to protest police violence December 20, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Protestors from Ferguson travelled to Cleveland to rally against the shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 21: Demonstrators march on Euclid Ave. in the Playhouse Square district December 21, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Protestors gathered to voice opposition to the shooting death of 12-year old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 21: Demonstrators march on E. 9th Street December 21, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. For the second straight day protestors gathered in downtown Cleveland to voice opposition to excessive use of police force. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Rev. Al Sharpton (C) leads the 'Justice For All' march in the nation's capital with the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo and other unarmed black men who were killed by police, December 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized Sharpton's National Action Network, this march and other like it across the country aim to tell Congress and the country that demonstrators will not stand down until there is systemic change, accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct. Sharpton said the demonstration is happening in Washington 'because all over the country we all need to come together and demand this Congress deal with the issues, that we need laws to protect the citizens in these states from these state grand jurors.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The two Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice will face a new administrative review after a grand jury decided not to press charges them, Mayor Frank Jackson said Tuesday.

Regardless of what the grand jury in Cuyahoga County believed about the Tamir's death on Nov. 22, 2014, "it should not have happened," Jackson said at a news conference Tuesday.

"It should not have happened," he repeated. "It simply should not have happened."

County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Monday that it was "reasonable" for rookie cop Timothy Loehmann, who fired the fatal shots, to believe that they he was in danger when Tamir reached for what turned out to be a pellet gun.

"He had reason to fear for his life," McGinty said.

Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, remain on restricted duty — "basically in an office doing paperwork" — pending the new review, Jackson said.

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"I do not have a comment on what the grand jury did," he said. "Now, it's in our world, and we are going to do what we believe is the right thing."

Police Chief Calvin Williams said the administrative committee, which includes civilians, will start from scratch, beginning with the initial calls to 911.

"We are going to take a lot at that from start to finish," Williams said Tuesday. "Once we look at all the evidence, the facts are going to be what they are, and we'll go from there."

Jackson and Williams said the city was ready for protests, saying they welcomed them as a part of the healing process.

"People are upset, and legitimately and rightfully so," the mayor said.

"You have an expression of legitimate concern about the system," he said. "That's what I'm hearing."

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