Family Asks Feds To Reopen Case on Tamir Rice Police Killing The family of Tamir Rice is asking the Justice Department to reopen his case. Tamir Rice was the 12 year old boy who was shot and killed by police in Cleveland in 2014. He was playing with a pellet gun cops thought was a real gun. At the time, the Feds said they would not bring charges against the two officers involved saying the video of the shooting was too poor of quality. A grand jury also declined to bring criminal charges against the officers involved Tamir’s case was closed toward the end of the previous administration. The family is now hoping the new administration will reopen the case.