The police officers who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland last year will not face criminal charges.
An Ohio grand jury decided against an indictment, citing a lack of evidence of criminal conduct by the officers.
Filling in for Glenn on radio Tuesday morning, Doc Thompson and Skip Lacombe commented on the outcome of the trial.
"He was at the park with a fake gun, and cops rolled up. They shot him because they thought it was a real gun," Doc said. "The grand jury and the prosecutor all believe that he raised the gun and the police believed that it could be a real threat against their lives."
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DOC: Is this also an example of bad parenting what I'm about to share with you? Story broke late yesterday afternoon about an Ohio grand jury that has decided not to indict the two cops for the death of Tamir Rice. Now, Tamir Rice, you may remember, is the 12-year-old boy who was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer. Timothy Loehmann. His partner was with him, Frank Garmback. And both of them were presented to the grand jury for possible charges.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty now says that the grand jury decided they will not indict them. He will not pursue charges. Was Tamir Rice and his death at least somewhat a responsibility -- or -- from bad or failed parenting?
SKIP: Absolutely, I would say.
DOC: He's at the park. He didn't respect law enforcement. He didn't understand -- at very least, he didn't understand that police would think you would have a real gun.
SKIP: How was he never thought that you can't point a fake gun, a real gun, anything like that towards a police officer? That seems to be pretty basic upbringing parenting type of stuff. Or at least the general theme and respect for officers of the law.
DOC: I got to put some of his death on the parents, and that's frustrating. Difficult to say. Some people won't want to hear that. They'll think I'm being insensitive. I'm not. I cannot imagine losing one of my children. Man, it's overwhelming just the thought of it. Maybe most parents feel that way. But I have to put a little bit of this responsibility on the parent.
He was at the park with a fake gun, and cops rolled up. They shot him because they thought it was a real gun. Grand jury says, we're not going to indict the cops. The prosecutor is not going to pursue charges. Meaning, the grand jury and the prosecutor all believe that he raised the gun and the police believed that it could be a real threat against their lives.
The parents never taught him that? What are you teaching your kids at home? Younger than 12 years of age, I knew, you don't mess with cops. I wasn't pointing things at cops. I wasn't pointing sticks, throwing rocks or mouthing off at cops. You just didn't do that. Younger than 12.
SKIP: And you were a troubled kid. But, yeah, there was a certain line that you would draw that officers, cops, that's one area that you don't mess with.
DOC: That's it.
SKIP: For me, again, that's something that I was taught.
DOC: Right. And I think that's it. There's a certain line. Even though we did some bad things, got in trouble, broke the law, there was a certain line you just didn't do. You didn't cross. That was hijinks. Shenanigans. Little things. Still not right. Still not justified. Still you have to pay for your crimes. Still punished by the parents and law and whatever else. But you just didn't do certain things.
SKIP: Now that I think about it, my mom also told me too that if I was ever in trouble, I could talk to like a US postman too. I don't think that was probably the best --
DOC: It was different times back then. Back then, they were responsible people. It was a respectable job. Today, no.
I want to get your calls on Tamir Rice. Again, not going to be indicted. And, of course, the parents are outraged. The NAACP, outraged. Other groups of people outraged. This is just cops gunning down black kids. That's what they would have you believe. What do you think? Should the cops have been indicted? What am I missing in the video? What should the cops have done in that situation with Tamir Rice?
Featured Image: Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams speaks to reporters in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall on Decmeber 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Earlier that day a grand jury declined to bring charges against either of the two police officers involved in the fatal November 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was playing with a toy weapon at Cudell Recreation Center. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)