Judge Ronald B. Adrine of Cleveland Municipal Court released an opinion today saying that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, 12.
According to a report from the Northwest Ohio Media Group, Adrine did not find probable cause to charge another offending officer, Frank Garmback, with murder. The opinon was released days after a group of local clergy and activists used a little-known Ohio law that allows any citizen with knowledge of a case’s facts to file affidavits for an arrest warrant. The move was designed to bypass the office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, as it begins a possibly lengthy process to present evidence to a grand jury. McGinty’s office received the case last week after the county sheriff’s department concluded its own investigation.