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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Probe of police death of boy, 12, now in prosecutors’ hands

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Probe of police death of boy, 12, now in prosecutors’ hands

The county prosecutor has said the case will be presented to a grand jury that will determine if criminal charges are filed

Probe of police death of boy, 12, now in prosecutors’ hands

CLEVELAND (AP) – Police say the investigation into the death of a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland policeman while he held a pellet gun has been turned over to county prosecutors.

The Cuyahoga County sheriff’s department said Wednesday its investigation into the shooting of Tamir Rice is complete.

The county prosecutor has said the case will be presented to a grand jury that will determine if criminal charges are filed.

Tamir was shot in the abdomen by rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 22. The boy was holding an airsoft gun that fires nonlethal plastic pellets.

Loehmann and his partner had responded to a call about someone with a firearm. Surveillance video shows Loehmann firing within two seconds of the police car stopping near the boy.

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