Tamir Rice’s Death Ruled A Homicide By Medical Examiner
After conducting an autopsy on 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death a homicide, TIME reports.
As you may recall, Tamir was gunned down by a Cleveland police officer while holding a toy gun. A bystander called officers to the scene after Tamir was spotted holding the gun. However, the witness was sure to tell the 911 operator that Tamir appeared to be a “juvenile” and that the gun he was holding was “probably fake.”
As previously reported, the shooting was captured on video by a surveillance camera in the area where the incident took place. Footage shows that the preteen was shot less than two seconds after the officer arrived in his squad car. The sixth grader was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died the following day.
According to the autopsy report, Tamir was hit one time in the side by a bullet that went through his abdomen and traveled from the front to the back and lodged in his pelvis. Earlier this month, the family of the slain boy filed federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuits against the city and the Cleveland Police Department.