*The unjust killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014 by a cop in Cleveland may be off the front pages of the news, but make no mistake, the story is not a forgotten one. Rice was shot to death as he played in a recreation center park; by a cop who mistook his toy gun for a real one. Now his family wants to make sure justice is served, and that young Tamir’s death will not end up being just another black boy in the ground — while the cop that put him there walks free.
They have every right to be concerned. Its been an entire year and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is only now presenting the case before a Grand Jury to determine if charges will even be filed against the cop. Add to that two “reviews” done by “specialists” who say the cop was justified…and they didn’t even perform an interview.
Through a Change.org petition, the Rice family is seeking a replacement for McGinty. They are calling for a special prosecutor in his place.
According to a KCCI article, a 13-page report prepared by Ken Katsaris — a so-called tenured instructor — says, “This unquestionably was a tragic loss of life, but to compound the tragedy by labeling the officer’s conduct as anything but ‘objectively reasonable’ would also be a tragedy, albeit not carrying with it the consequences of the loss of life, only the possibility of loss of career.”
So, in layman’s terms this instructor is saying there is nothing that can be done to bring Tamir Rice back. But lets not ruin the police officer’s career just because of it.
The officer in question, Timothy Loehmann, was still in training when he shot and killed young Rice.
In RELATED article below, the videos were pulled, but the information they contained is still there.
The petition sent to this writer reads:
My 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice was tragically shot to death by a Cleveland police officer on November 22, 2014, while playing with an airsoft toy gun in a local park. In almost a year since his death, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is only now bringing this case to a grand jury to determine if charges will be filed against the officers. This is unbelievable.
Our family believes Mr. McGinty needs to be immediately replaced with a special prosecutor, often used in high-profile cases such as this one. His office recently released two “expert” reviews that justified the officers’ use of lethal force in taking Tamir’s life. These conclusions were made even though neither of the review writers had even interviewed the officers. These actions have left us gravely concerned about Mr. McGinty’s bias with Tamir’s investigation.
Thank you for standing with our family, and with children like Tamir all over America.