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6 months after Tamir Rice’s murder, cops wanted to charge 12-year-old

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If a person ever wondered whether or not Cleveland police have any empathy for the killing of a Black child by one of its officers, the answer is an emphatic no. The nation was shocked when Tamir Rice, an unarmed 12-year-old boy, was gunned down by Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann. Rice was in the park playing with a toy gun when Loehmann pulled up in his squad car and shot him dead in seconds. But what is outrageous is the fact that they were going to charge Rice with “inducing panic” and “aggravated menacing.” A blatant lie that Loehmann further tried to embellish by stating he received minor injuries in the encounter, despite never coming into direct physical contact with Rice.

The incident was captured on videotape and yet the police investigation has not been completed, nor has any information been released regarding the status. The tragic death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice has somehow slipped off the radar of the national consciousness. Compounding the tragedy was the fact that the child’s mother, Samaria Rice, did not want her son buried until the police investigation was completed. Tamir’s mother did not want the trauma of seeing her son’s body exhumed as part of the investigation.

However, the family paid $75 a day for six months to keep Tamir’s body stored at cost of over $18,000. On May 13, Samaria Rice made a difficult decision, according to a statement from  family attorney Walter Madison: “Samaria is a mother first. Whether in life or death, her instinct is to care for her child. Due to an unfortunate turn of events, she was faced with the unspeakable decision to finally put her son to final rest or endure this legal morass and its hardness. After the tremendous amount of support from around the world, Samaria made the grief-stricken decision to be a mother. Tamir Rice was cremated.”

The investigation into the death of Tamir Rice is still ongoing by the Cleveland Police Department and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.



4 Comments

  1. Sojourner's Truth on May 22, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Justice for Tamir and his family.

  2. britishrose on May 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    my soul goes out to any mother who lost a kid this young like this , the police around the world recieved tremendous hate from this crime more than any .of them .they all being tragic …. how on earth do you jump out your car and start fireing on a child , with no though as to whos love one this may be . it could have been the mayors son it would not have saved him .. . JUSTIC FOR TAMIR THIS IS SO HEART WRENCHING AND HARD TO ACCEPT . EXPECIALLY FOR THE MOTHER

  3. JootJoint on May 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    How on earth can anyone dare subject Tamir’s family to this level of public disgrace and further causing his family so much pain? For the thought of any department head allowing his/her crew to pass on charges to a deceased 12-year old, as the reason for the police officer just suddenly jump out of a police cruiser and literally start shooting Tamir down in cold blood, is truly appalling…

  4. Helenofreims on June 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Crimes occurring to often yes there racial profiling. Children should taught principles no matter the color. Police chief Williams and Jackson puppets of NAPO must. Understand whom running what is left economics USA. Industries behind whom conservative notions doesn’t matter the heritage. Whites feel insecure eventually city governments going cap. Aware of law suits Ms. Rice living in shelter what ever!