WASHINGTON -- An Ohio grand jury on Monday decided not to indict Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, the Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice, an unarmed 12-year-old boy. Tamir joins the list of Americans shot to death by police officers who were never held accountable. This year, that list got much longer.
Police in the United States killed more than 1,100 people in 2015, the vast majority by firearm, according to The Guardian. Most of these cases didn't achieve notoriety. But in at least 14 fatal shooting incidents that received substantial press attention, prosecutors and grand juries declined to hold the officers responsible. In most of these cases, the victims were unarmed.