VOA News – Two outside investigations have found a white Ohio police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy who was carrying a toy pellet gun.
Tamir Rice was killed in November 2014 outside of a Cleveland recreation center. Trainee officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice within seconds of arriving on the scene following a call about a man carrying a gun.
Authorities say the gun in question was a replica pistol that shot plastic pellets, but the orange markings that indicates it was a toy, were removed.
The reports were released Saturday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office ahead of a grand jury hearing to determine whether the officer will be charged in Rice's death. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBPAGE