Security expert opinion of Tamir Rice video: 'justifiable'

CLEVELAND -- Timothy A. Dimoff is the founder and president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., and is considered one of the nation's leading authorities in high-risk workplace and human resource issues, security, vulnerability assessments and crime.

He has testified as an expert legal witness numerous times for and against "use of force" issues regarding police incidents. We asked him to analyze the Tamir Rice shooting video frame by frame and give us his expert opinion.

Dimoff says that, based on what is shown in the video from his perspective it does appear to be a justifiable shooting. He says it is because Rice used what's known as "escalating" actions when he was approached by police.

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"He walked toward the police, he didn't listen to their commands three times, he reached for his waistband," Dimoff says.

The officer had a split second to react and most officers would have made the same decision.

"Had he turned around, raised his hands or got on the ground, those would have been de-escalating actions and the situation would have been very different," Dimoff says.

He says if the cruiser had stopped further away and the officers used the car as a shield, they may have had more time to react.

But, based on what he could see in the video evidence, his reaction is that it was a justifiable shooting.

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The case will be presented to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office for review.


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