Judge Finds Probable Cause to Charge Officers for Murder of Tamir Rice (BREAKING)

Tamir-Rice-ShootingTamir Rice was the 12 year old boy gunned down by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann as he played with a toy gun in a park. For nearly six months the District Attorney’s office has dragged its feet in bringing the case before a grand jury. That’s why earlier this week community leaders and supporters of the Rice family filed a brief with the court asking them arrest the officers on scene that day. According to the New York Times:

On Thursday, Judge Ronald B. Adrine issued an order saying that probable cause existed to charge the officers, and “this court determines that complaints should be filed by the prosecutor of the City of Cleveland and/or the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.” What weight the order carries with the prosecutors is unclear.

The ruling puts prosecutors in a difficult position, deciding whether to bring charges in a high-profile case when a judge has already said that probable cause exists to do so.

In a statement, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Timothy J. McGinty, said the case, “as with all other fatal use of deadly force cases involving law enforcement officers, will go to the grand jury.”

Ultimately, Mr. McGinty said, any decision to file charges will rest with the members of a grand jury.

The petitioners argued that the statute allowed ordinary citizens to bypass the police and prosecutors, and force arrests; if they showed probable cause that a crime had been committed, they said, then the court had no choice but to order the officers arrested.

But the judge said there was a conflict between the law and the rules laid down by the State Supreme Court, so he could not issue warrants without a prosecutor’s complaint.

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t expect much of any result with this tactic and it seems I was 50% right. Though the Judge acknowledges that there’s probable cause to arrest the officers for their roles in the shooting, he took an easy way out (or a system error is being highlighted) as he claims to be unable to issue the arrest warrant without paperwork from the DA’s office.

So as the family of Tamir Rice awaits justice they’ve gained a small victory as this will most certainly place the State’s lawyers on defensive. They either need to bring this to a grand jury soon or face the wrath of the judge by disobeying his order. Only time will tell and we here at CopBlock.org will keep you posted. In the meantime see the Times video below which highlights the Tamir Rice case timeline and additional coverage of the case here at CopBlock.org.


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  • steve


  • t

    Probable cause only applies to civillians…not to officers.

    The object of any investigation involving officers…is to clear the officers…part of the blue code.

  • karl n

    t, jc, slappy whatever, same fucking assholes who must have a very lonely live to comment their garbage day after day. I feel sorry for you dimwits

  • Common Sense

    Yawn imposter t, try again later.

  • Common Sense

    To my knowledge, the judge cannot compel any actual charges. That decisions rests with the DA, and in this case the grand jury. Key words, “largely symbolic.”

    I wouldn’t hold my breath for an indictment, let alone a conviction.

  • Ian Battles

    I wonder if it would take 6 months to charge ME with a crime if I was caught on video shooting a cop within 2 seconds of arriving on the scene…

  • simpleton

    I disagree, I see an indictment on the horizon and a plea agreement. This case was pretty egregious. And the officers past history will not work in his favor.

  • Pw4x3r

    But can you hold your breath for like, 3 minutes… please? Starting now?

  • Common Sense

    I would be surprised. The two in Kelly were tried and acquitted. Brelo was acquitted.

    This was symbolic, with 20/20 hindsight, nothing more. If the state can sway a majority of the grand jury then we’ll see at trial.

    But the burden is very high, especially when the USSC ruled that it’s a matter of reasonableness and totality, without the benefit of hindsight, again, I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.

  • Yankeefan

    I agree, I believe this is symbolic. Brelo got away with something and you know it! The 2 in Kelley, that looks bad for cops with what they did!

  • kpsmith

    It’s a start

  • Shawn

    True, but it is their attitude.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Yeah, if you think caricature isn’t an exaggeration.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Yeah, but it’s anice smbolic move when a judge notes the failing of the prosecutors sucking up to the police.

    Really, Tamir Rice died because two cops fucked up big time. If he had a real gun then pulling up within feet of him was just flaming stupidity, however if you just wanted to kill him then that worked really well.

    I never hold my breath over cops being indicted, let alone being convicted, when they fuck up big time. I mean split-second decisions, the most dangerous job, the bravest of the brave, you’ve got over 70% of the population that just suck this up like a drug. Good luck on anything called a jury.

    So, CS, you think that killing TR was one of the finest moments in cops making split-second decisions, doing that most dangerous of jobs while being the bravest of the brave? (I’m messing with you using rhetoric.) Ok, it’s a question with a lot of loading, so let’s do a simpler one: what cop training teaches cops to pull up within feet of someone a cop thinks has a gun? Another question: is a twelve year old more adult than adult cops? If so, he gets all the blame. If not, you need to look at the adult cops.

  • libertyordeath

    The DA, police dept and judges should be spending the rest of there lives in jail or at the end of a rope.

    When the rule of law fails we the people must bring justice. Our founding document says we have the right to keep and bear arms.

    We must use our GOD given rights that our founding document just puts on paper. We must stand up and become the masters of our own destiny.

    Justice is no longer blind. Justice has been bashed over the head with a police officers baton. We must come to her rescue and save her.

  • Common Sense

    Clearly tactics could have been better, the dispatcher should have notified the two that the caller said the gun was probably fake. I’ve yet to read the report.

    Again all this is done with the advantage of hindsight. You can’t argue what should have happened vs what did happen. I think a grand jury of everyday people who see someone skinning a gun as a threat. I don’t think the state can get an indictment let alone a conviction. They just lost one trial, I doubt they are gonna risk another loss.

  • JC

    It should be interesting how all of this turns out.

  • keepitreal

    Interesting will be the reactions of the Winter Park residents when your lying ass is exposed. I’m sure they all believe you’re an ex-cop, karate expert, etc. Boy, are you ever going to look stupid.

  • mioman


  • vegas jack

    It should have taken 5 seconds for charges to be brought against this coward murderer, and that is longer than it took to kill this little boy.

  • chrismalllory

    “Again all this is done with the advantage of hindsight. ”

    You mean just like how cops and the “justice” system looks at all actions taken by citizens.

    It is well past time to disarm the cops.
    All cops lie, all the time.

    There was no threat, period.

  • noname

    “A judge in Cleveland on Thursday found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide, and dereliction of duty charges in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November. The judge also ruled that probable cause exists to charge Loehmann’s partner, officer Frank Garmback, with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty.”

  • Tic Toc motherfucker

    it should be interesting to see what you look like turned inside out. Tic Toc motherfucker.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    more pigs that should be cut up with a table saw inch by inch. not before being filleted with a piece of electrified piano wire. the only good pig is a dead pig.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    hopefully they will just be slaughtered in the street as a message to other pigs. they should be skinned publicly, and I’m not using any rhetoric. I believe they deserve death, and most definitely not a quick one. however, in this fucked up country they will probably get away with it. the only true justice would come at the hands of the family members who should rip these fuckers limb from limb.

  • Opie

    I have never really followed a site before this one, at least a politically charged site. I’ve always had conversations on scientific forums. what I have read on this site in the comments section has really shaking my faith in humanity. the trolls you speak of, must have absolutely zero life. I’m not sure how it is even possible to comment on every story. yes any story I open, there will be comments from them. I don’t think feeling sorry for them quite cuts it, I think maybe they need psychological help.

  • ymygody

    t may not say he feels directly like that but that is what is in his head. he is an officer that should be executed.

  • JC

    More threats, more paperwork and emails.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Falling back on the excuse of hindsight is part of the problem. Hindsight is what every organization uses to improve performance. It’s the analysis of the behavior, where it was wrong, and how to do it better.

    Pulling up right on the kid like they did, given what was in their mind (totally false), led to his death. Luckily for the cop that weeps over guns, Tamir wan’t some hardened criminal that would have put a couple of bullets in him before he got a round off. They blew it. Don’t use the passive voice of “clearly tactics could have been better” thinking it’s going to convince anyone. They blew it.

  • steve

    Paul Bowman

  • steve

    The deputies that beat Kelly were guilty and got away with it. More and more the times are changing and cops wont want to shoot.

  • steve

    I think the impostor got me a couple times.

  • steve

    How fucking stupid , you don’t like when a citizen gets killed but you want to kill cops.

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