(CLEVELAND) — A Cuyahoga County judge finds that there is probable cause to charge two Cleveland police officers for the death of Tamir Rice.
On Thursday, Judge Ronald B. Adrine stated there is probable cause to file criminal charges against Officers Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann for the shooting death of Rice, the 12-year-old who was killed when the two officers mistook his pellet gun for the real thing.
The municipal court judge said there is probable cause to bring charges of murder or manslaughter against Loehmann who shot the boy. Garmback, who was driving could be charged with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.
According to the judge, he was “thunderstruck” how the encounter between the two police officers and Rice turned deadly.
The judge said his role is only “advisory in nature” and the examination of the case was by request of community activists. Prosecutors will decide on actual criminal charges.
“We expected the judge to follow the law and the law was very specific,” said Walter Madison, the Cleveland attorney representing the Rice family. “We are very pleased that we were able to achieve this justice through civility and intellect.”
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