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“Shots fired. Male down. Black male, maybe 20," said the @ClevelandPolice  officer who called in the shooting, describing the wounded Tamir Rice. That was eight years ago today. Tamir would’ve been 20 years old right now had he lived. I want you to think about that for a moment.

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Tamir Goodman’s passion for basketball burns brighter than ever via @BaltimoreBanner 

I’ve written a lot about Tamir, his death, and those who have let his killer live with impunity ever since. However, I’d argue no one has done as fine a job with this terrible topic than did @imaniperry  when she profiled Samaria Rice for @TheCut  last year.

Eight years is both a long time and a wink of an eye, depending upon your perspective. For a kid of 12, I suspect it feels like forever. America has had a lot of time to change to save more kids like Tamir, and we haven’t done it. I wonder whether he would be disappointed in us.

I went to the site of the shooting weeks later. Cleveland’s winter had frozen the police car’s tire tracks into the mud. As much as has happened these last eight years, though, at least one thing hasn’t: cops can still do what they did to Tamir and expect impunity.

I don’t know precisely why Timothy Loehmann said Tamir was “maybe 20” eight years ago today. It’s likely, though, that his reasoning had to do with the fact that our society considers a cop shooting a black man to death over even the slightest perceived threat to be permissible.

Consider everything that has happened to you, to us all, during the last eight years. It has been a lot—in every sense. That isn’t just the time robbed from Tamir and everyone who loved him. It signifies of the gap between the wider perception of black folks and our reality.

tamir kalifa'>Photographer Tamir Kalifa was on hand to capture behind-the-scenes shots of Robert Earl Keen's final performance at John T. Floore’s Country Store, in Helotes. At times, the show "felt like a family reunion."

Cleveland police killed 12-year-old #TamirRice  8 years ago today. The officer was never indicted. Listen back to Tamir’s mother Samaria describe the events after she learned that police shot and killed her son.

tamir kalifa'>Photographer Tamir Kalifa was on hand to capture behind-the-scenes shots of Robert Earl Keen's final performance at John T. Floore’s Country Store, in Helotes. At times, the show "felt like a family reunion."

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Six years ago today, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police. Tamir should have turned 18 years old this year. #BlackLivesMatter 

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#BlackLivesMatter : Wishing a Happy Birthday to Tamir Rice who would’ve turned 18 years old today if Cleveland Police didn’t kill him six years ago while he was playing in the park. Sending Love and Strength to his family and friends. RIP.

Also, stop talking about “restoring trust” between Black people and police. When, exactly, did that trust exist in the first place? When they were the slave patrol? When they watched as ppl were lynched? When they put the dogs on KIDS in the 60’s? When they shot Tamir Rice?!!!

? Tamir should be turning 18 today.

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At 12, Tamir Rice was tragically shot and killed by the Cleveland Police while he was playing in the park. Today would’ve been his 17TH Birthday. Instead of simply celebrating, Tamir’s mother is still fighting to keep the cop who killed Tamir off the Cleveland Police Force.

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I stand with in memory of Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner + the countless victims of police violence.

Thousands of immigrant families are still separated. #Flint  still doesn’t have clean water. Puerto Rico still doesn’t have full power. Tamir Rice still doesn’t have justice.

Wishing a Happy Born Day to Our Brother Tamir Rice. God Bless His Soul.

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Tamir Rice had his hands in pocket not reaching for toy gun when he was shot, report finds

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