The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that federal prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio have concluded that they could not find evidence that Tamir Rice’s constitutional rights were violated or the officer obstructed justice.
Rice, 12, was shot and killed outside of a recreation center by Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann. Loehmann said that he mistook a black, toy airsoft pistol for a real firearm.
The U.S. Justice Department statement said,
An officer is permitted to use deadly force where he reasonably believes that the suspect posed an imminent threat of serious physical harm, either to the officer or to others.