Police officers shot to death a 12-year-old boy in a park. Tamir Rice was black and had a pellet gun. He was playing by himself, not harming anyone. Someone called 911 because hey, it looked like a black man and that’s enough to be suspicious. The cops rolled up, yelled at the boy, and before their police cruiser had even stopped rolling, shot him to death within two seconds of their arrival.
Tamir didn’t even have a chance to respond to their commands. The officers certainly did not take the time to assess the situation, as police have done in many situations where a white man has an actual gun and has already actually fired it at people. All the officers saw was black skin, which means when they rolled up they were already prepared to use lethal force — by default.
This happened in November. NOTHING was done since then. No charges, no arrests. The officers are white, after all, and, therefore, won’t be held responsible for shooting a black person.
And then yesterday, reports were released claiming the officers’ actions were justified.
This is absolute insanity.
Subodh Chandra, a lawyer for the Rice family, said the release of the reports shows the prosecutor is avoiding accountability, which is what the family seeks.
“It is now obvious that the prosecutor’s office has been on a 12-month quest to avoid providing that accountability,” he said. He added that the prosecutor’s office didn’t provide his office or the Rice family with the details from the reports. He also questioned the timing of the release, at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Columbus Day holiday weekend.
“To get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash — when the world has the video of what happened — is all the more alarming,” Chandra said. “Who will speak for Tamir before the grand jury? Not the prosecutor, apparently.”
Chandra says the experts “dodge the simple fact that the officers rushed Tamir and shot him immediately without assessing the situation in the least. Reasonable jurors could find that conduct unreasonable. But they will never get the chance because the prosecutor is working diligently to ensure that there is no indictment and no accountability.”