Officer Timothy Loehmann fired two shots at the youngster as he was playing with a toy gun in a park in Cleveland, Ohio in November, 2014, and Rice died the following day.

On Monday (28Dec15), a grand jury in Ohio ruled against indicting Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback over Rice's death, and celebrities took to Twitter to condemn the decision, which follows a slew of similar rulings in cases of alleged police brutality in the U.S.

Legend wrote, "I will never expect the criminal justice system to bring any justice for victims of police murder... And y'all wonder why black folks have the audacity to take to the streets and say that our lives should matter."

Legend also became embroiled in a debate with a Twitter user who laid the blame on Rice. Over a series of exchanges, the singer wrote, "Which law did Tamir Rice break?... it's an open carry state. It's literally legal to walk around with a gun visible... He was shot within a second of them arriving. Had no chance to respond to anything... (you're) assigning a lot of blame to a 12 year old rather than a cop..."

Cher added, "Another 'not so grand' jury. Tamir Rice's death was tragedy of errors,incompetence & total disregard of a 12yr old child human rights (sic)," while Bette Midler posted, "No indictment in #TamirRice case. 12 years old. Unarmed. Why? Why?!"

Glee star Amber Riley wrote, "No justice for Tamir Rice. #blacklivesmatter even IF it was a mistake, that mistake cost a life. Someone should answer for that."

Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross shared a link to a news report and added, "My heart weeps," while a member of band Tegan and Sara also shared a report and wrote, "I can not make sense of this. Heart goes out to Tamir Rice's family."