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First Comments on Grand Jury Decision

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Monday night, a grand jury cleared a Waterloo police officer in the shooting death of Eric Rule. A lot has happened since this case began in September. On the 12th of that month, officers were called to a home on the 600 block of Keystone Street in Waterloo on a domestic call. When they arrived -- officers struggled to bring Rule under control. Rule was shot and killed by Officer Steven Bose. One day later dozens of protesters took to the streets. Some family members said the officer was unjustified in the shooting.

Fast forward to December 21st. A grand jury found no Bill of Indictment against Officer Bose. This effectively cleared Bose in the criminal case.

Tuesday, we're hearing for the first time from the man responsible for collecting and presenting this case to a grand jury - and he seems to be the only one talking. The Waterloo Police Department is declining to comment because Rule's family could still bring the case to civil court. But right now, family members are not saying what their next step will be.

In September, Rule's family and friends made sure the public could hear their words.

Father-in-law Keith Shimp told KWWL during a protest, "they never said, Eric turn around so we can handcuff you. They never said that. They never said they were about to take him to the ground. They never warned him they were gonna tase him and they never warned him they were about to shoot."

But the day after a grand jury met in a Black Hawk County courtroom, and decided not to indict Officer Bose, the family is asking for privacy. The only thing they would tell KWWL reporters, is they're going through a difficult time.

Monday's ruling ended any chance for the county to bring criminal charges against the officer who pulled the trigger.

Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson noted, "normally, we make those decisions. But because of the nature of the case, and because an officer was involved, we felt that it would be appropriate that seven people from our community - randomly selected - hear the evidence."

According to Iowa state law, everything the grand jury heard is confidential. Which means we may never know who testified, or what was said in the courtroom, and we certainly won't know how many jurors agreed with the decision.

Ferguson explained, "I'm not going to get into any of... how long they were out, how many yes/no votes."

It only takes three grand jury members to agree, this is not a criminal case. All we can confirm is, the county's work in this matter, is complete.

Another officer, Jaime Sullivan, was involved in rule's shooting. Ferguson said he has no reason to charge Sullivan with any crime.

The last time Black Hawk County called a grand jury was in 2004. That group also decided not to indict an officer involved in a shooting.

Online Reporter: Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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