CLEVELAND - Despite the grand-jury decision not to charge a white cop in the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the case is far from over for the city of Cleveland, the officers involved in the shooting, or the black boy's grief-stricken family.
The family is suing the city, federal prosecutors are looking into possible civil-rights charges against Timothy Loehmann and his partner, and the two officers face a departmental investigation that could result in disciplinary action, including firing.
Tamir was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun when Loehmann shot and killed the boy within two seconds of emerging from his police cruiser in November 2014. On Monday, prosecutors said a grand jury concluded that Loehmann reasonably believed that it was a real gun and that his life was in danger.
The case has stirred racial tensions and added Cleveland to the list of U.S. cities - Ferguson, Mo.; Baltimore; North Charleston, S.C.; and New York City, among them - where blacks have died in the past two years at the hands of police.