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