Cleveland Officers Testifying Before Grand Jury
CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of Cleveland's biggest police union says officers have been testifying before a grand jury about the fatal shooting by a white officer of a 12-year-old black boy carrying a pellet gun last November.
Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said officers testified about the Tamir Rice case last week and on Monday. Loomis wouldn't discuss the officers' testimony but says an attorney accompanied them and they've "cooperated fully."
The grand jury will decide whether criminal charges should be filed against then-rookie patrolman Timothy Loehmann, who shot Tamir within two seconds of a patrol car skidding to a stop near the boy, or Loehmann's training officer and the driver of the cruiser.
A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office declined to comment.