‘We don’t second-guess police officers’

Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was killed by a policeman in Cleveland last November. He had a toy gun. But even if the gun had been real, and loaded, Rice could not have been accused of a crime because Ohio is an “open carry” state.

Surveillance video showed that Rice was gunned down less than two seconds after the police arrived.

After a 13-month investigation, a grand jury failed to return indictments against either of the two officers involved in the incident. As prosecutor Timothy McGinty declared, “We don’t second-guess police officers.”

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“All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade,” said Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, in a statement Monday evening. “I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.”

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on December 29, 2015 - 3:53 pm

    I think cell phones are a huge problem in our fear-driven society.

    Americans watch the news focus on every tragedy they can find every night and never go outside to see that things are really pretty boring. Then you get in your car and see somebody walking down the street with something that looks like a weapon and you don’t even have to get out of your car to feel like you’re getting involved in crime prevention.

    This can’t apply to me, because I’ve have never had a cell phone and I know how boring it is around the city, because I take long walks all the time.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on December 29, 2015 - 3:59 pm

    Did those cops get a frantic cell phone tip? It seems awfully strange that they came careening up on the lawn, right by that kid when he was just sitting at the picnic table.

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on December 30, 2015 - 9:10 am

      Someone called it in, but in a casual way. The caller said it was a kid with what looked like a fake gun. Unfortunately, the 911 dispatcher did not relay these details to the responding officers.

      It made no sense for them to drive up and stop just a few feet away from Rice. If the gun had been real, they would have been taking a big risk.

      • #4 by Larry Bergan on December 30, 2015 - 4:01 pm

        I agree. It was way too dramatic. They must watch too many cop shows.

  3. #5 by Richard Warnick on December 31, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    John Ellis (“Jeb!”) Bush proves that he hasn’t been paying attention to the Tamir Rice case at all. He thinks it happened in Chicago.

    “I think that Chicago’s got a lot of work to do to rebuild trust. The level of violence is abhorrent,” he said, when asked about the grand jury decision out of Cleveland earlier this week.

    The reporter corrected Bush, saying, the shooting of Rice “happened in Cleveland.”

    “I’m sorry, my bad,” Bush quickly said. “In every community where you have these cases, elected officials and the police chief need to engage with the community to rebuild trust.”

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