Rice Family Releases Its Third Expert Report

Autopsy photo of jacket worn by Tamir Rice

A third expert report ordered by the family of Tamir Rice was released by their lawyers late last night. 

Focusing on enhanced video stills released by Prosecutor Timothy McGinty’s office, Dr. Jesse Wobrock writes that the 12 year old’s hands were in his pockets and he was raising his right arm in a defensive position when Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann shot him last November. 

The California-based expert performed a “forensic biomechanical engineering and kinematic analysis.”  His report includes a picture of Rice’s jacket from the county medical examiner's autopsy report.  He points to the distance between the bullet hole in the jacket and the approximate location of the bullet in Rice’s abdomen as evidence of a “defensive-type movement.”

Wobrock concludes that Rice did not have enough time to remove his hands from his pockets before he was shot.  The report adds that the realistic-looking toy gun holstered in Rice's pants was not visible prior to the shooting.

 

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