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Judge Finds Probable Cause for Murder Charge Against Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice

June 12, 2015  | 

A Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that a Cleveland police officer should face murder and other charges in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was holding a replica gun, reports

Judge Ronald B. Adrine released the opinion Thursday afternoon, days after a group of local clergy and activists filed affidavits asking the court to find probable cause to arrest two involved officers on aggravated murder, murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty charges.

The judge did not find probable cause that either officer should be charged with aggravated murder. Adrine also determined that there was not probable cause to charge the second officer with murder.

But the judge found probable cause for charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty against the one officer.

He also found probable cause for charges of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty against the other officer.

Adrine forwarded his opinion to city prosecutors and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.

Comments (6)

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Adam @ 6/14/2015 4:08 AM

Talk about appeasing the masses!!

BT @ 6/14/2015 6:31 AM

Am I missing something here? Since when do municipal courts decide on
homicide charges?

AZBIGDOG @ 6/14/2015 8:52 AM

So a municipal judge believes that a person holding replica gun and then pointing it at officers is not a threat to the officers? What planet does he come from? I am not understanding where it is required that an officer not protect himself from a perceived and viable threat to his life? Nor do I understand how any judge can claim that an officer cannot end that threat by using deadly force against deadly force. Sounds as if a judge is using the case to further himself politically as being anti-police and for minorities not being able to do any wrong regardless of the circumstances.

TX Lawman @ 6/15/2015 6:19 AM

BT @, I totally agree with you. When does a traffic judge decide on anything besides citations and class C offenses and City Ordinance violations. Seems like judicial misconduct to me. As far as the case itself, I have not seen all the details so I refrain on my comments, but if someone points an object towards me that appears to be a weapon, I am using deadly force against them. I had a 10 year old point a loaded 44 magnum towards me. I drew down on him and he threw the weapon down fortunately. I was in plain clothes and he was a lookout for his buddies breaking into cars. If he hadn't thrown it down immediately, I would have shot him multiple times.

krisnlc @ 6/15/2015 9:48 AM

Murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, negligent homicide and dereliction of duty are the charges. I dont think he will get murder, but i do see the other charges as being validated. As an officer myself, I would not profess to do what these two did. Driving up as quickly as they did and shooting the person before they were able to identify the viability of the type of threat is "police maverick" BS. In this case based on the perp being alone with no one around, most of us would have pulled up under proper cover, assessed the situation and voiced commands. Maybe in that extra time of assessment they would have realized that they were dealing with a 12 year old kid and just maybe they may have been able to idenitfy an air gun over a greater lethal weapon. I am sorry but these two officers created their own problems and issues. The one should be charged and maybe just maybe he wont spend time in prison, but both need to find different jobs.

Tone @ 6/18/2015 12:13 AM

What planet are you first four on? Regardless as to a municipal judge or Judge in general, one can form his own judgment correct? I mean he's put in the time to do so I would think. And talk about misconduct., seriously! What threat was posed to these knuckleheads? And what video did you guys see, because i didn't once see Tamir Rice point anything at an officer. And what training was followed that particular day? You tell me pulling up in rapid response and under 2 seconds kill this kid and that's justice? That's police professionalism? I agree with Krisnic there was nothing proper about what these guys did. To condone that behavior makes policing that much harder for the next officer, including myself. Who can't tell a kid from an adult? There was no meeting force with force.. That was fear meeting a kid and a kid died. Get serious..Until we do the next one might be younger than Tamir. Those cops were from planet "What a joke." Never mind the judge. Hold these guys accountable......

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