Negro History Month 2018/10: Tamir Rice

For Negro History Month 2018 The Militant Negro™ , thats me, has decided to focus on People Of Color executed by KKKops and ordinary citizens who have taken lives of humans who were unarmed. The executions of these human being sparked nation wide protest. This change in direction will focus today on …….. Tamir Rice

Shooting of Tamir Rice

The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy (June 25, 2002 – November 23, 2014), occurred on November 22, 2014, in ClevelandOhio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, responded after receiving a police dispatch call of a black male that “keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people”. A caller reported that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center. At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol “it’s probably fake”. Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated “he is probably a juvenile”. However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch. The officers reported that upon their arrival, they both continuously yelled “show me your hands” through the open patrol car window. Loehmann further claimed that instead of showing his hands, it appeared as if Rice was trying to draw: “I knew it was a gun and I knew it was coming out”. In response, the officer shot twice, hitting Rice once in the torso. He died on the following day.

Rice’s gun was later found to be an airsoft replica that lacked the orange safety feature marking it as a toy and not a true firearm. Comparison Photograph.

A surveillance video of the incident was released by police four days later, on November 26. On June 3, 2015, the County Sheriff’s Office released a statement in which they declared their investigation to be completed and that they had turned their findings over to the county prosecutor. Several months later, the prosecution presented evidence to a grand jury, which declined to indict primarily on the basis that Rice was drawing what appears to be an actual firearm from his waist as the police arrived. A lawsuit brought against the city of Cleveland by Rice’s family was subsequently settled for $6 million in an effort to reduce taxpayer liabilities.

In the aftermath of the shooting, it was revealed that Loehmann, in his previous job as a police officer in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, had been deemed an emotionally unstable recruit and unfit for duty. Loehmann did not disclose this fact on his application to join the Cleveland police, and Cleveland police never reviewed his previous personnel file before hiring him. In 2017, following an investigation, Loehmann was fired for withholding this information on his application.

The incident received national and international coverage, in part due to the time of its occurrence, coming shortly after the police shootings of several other black males.

05 Dec 2014, Cleveland, Ohio, USA — Cleveland, United States. 5th December 2014 — A portrait of Tamir Rice at a memorial for the 12-year-old in a gazebo at the community park in Cleveland, Ohio where the boy who was shot dead by police on November 22,2014. — The small but growing community memorial for 12-year-old Tamir Rice under a gazebo at Cudell Commons Park in Cleveland, Ohio, where the boy was shot and killed by police officers on November 22, 2014. — Image by © Bob Ramsak/Demotix/Corbis


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