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Via | NBC News

The latest expert to examine the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice concluded that a Cleveland police officer acted reasonably when he fatally shot the boy last November.

A report released Thursday by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty found that Officer Timothy Loehmann’s decision to use deadly force against Rice, who was holding a pellet gun, “was clearly objectively reasonable.”

Rice was shot two seconds after Loehmann and a second officer arrived at a park where a 911 caller reported seeing a black man pointing a gun at people. The killing sparked protests around Cleveland and fueled outrage over the perception of widespread excessive use of force by police against African-Americans.

The report, authored by police consultant and trainer W. Ken Katsaris, was the third to be released by McGinty from a grand jury that is determining if Loehmann should face criminal charges. Two reports released last month — one from a retired FBI agent, the other from a Denver prosecutor — also found that the shooting was justified.

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