“There can be no doubt that Rice’s death was tragic and, indeed, when one considers his age, heartbreaking. However … I conclude that Officer Loehmann’s belief that Rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable as was his response to that perceived threat.”
~ S. Lamar Sims, a prosecutor from Colorado, in his report to the grand jury
“Tamir Rice is in the wrong He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body.”
~ Steve Loomis, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association
It only took a year, but today Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty told the world something everyone already knew: he would not indict the two cops who blew away Tamir Rice in 2014.
Just like they didn’t indict Daniel Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner.
Just like they didn’t indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.
Just like they didn’t indict the two cops for killing John Crawford III.
Just like they didn’t indict Dante Servin for killing Rekia Boyd.
Just like they didn’t indict the two LAPD cops for killing Ezell Ford.
Just like they didn’t indict anyone for killing Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.
Just like they didn’t indict anyone for Sandra Bland’s death.
Same as it ever was.
This outcome was so obvious–so painfully obvious–even Ray Charles could have seen it coming and he’s both blind and dead.
Nobody will ever convince me if Tamir Rice had been a 12-year-old White kid named Todd Rice and everything else remains equal that the grand jury wouldn’t have brought an indictment against Timothy Loehmann. But Rice had the bad luck to be born Black and his life doesn’t matter. Certainly not to McGinty and his handpicked grand jury and pro-cop experts who were never interested in justice, only giving the appearance they were.
A few years ago, I did a two-week stint on a grand jury. An interesting experience. The prosecutors come in and run their rap about why we should indict some no-good son of a bitch who’s up for everything from domestic abuse to dealing drugs to murder. I can’t recall how many indictments we rubber-stamped, but it had to be at least 90 percent. A grand jury will pretty much give a prosecutor any result they want.
Same as it ever was.
What does a Black parent tell their son or daughter what the legal stamp of approval of Tamir Rice’s murder by the Cleveland Police means? Lie to them that they are valued and protected members of society or tell them the truth their lives have no meaning and they have no rights, not even the right to live because a cop can take that away from them at any time for any reason and walk.
Sandra Bland last week and Tamir Rice this week. Wanna take bets on the cop who blew away Walter Scott taking a walk? Cops don’t go to jail for killing Black men, Black women or Black children. It’s like looking for hen’s teeth or whiskey in a wine glass. It doesn’t happen.
Ohio is an open carry state but the cops still executed Tamir Rice within two seconds. You won’t hear the NRA screaming about his 2nd Amendment rights.
Tamir’s murder isn’t a Black Lives Matter problem or a Black people problem. It’s an American problem and not until America realizes the lives of your Black children are every bit as important as your White children’s lives, will there ever be an end to this madness.
America has a legal system. It does not have a justice system and it never has. As if anyone really needed yet another reminder.
Black lives matter. But to whom? Tamir Rice’s Black Life Matters. But not to Timothy McGinty. His blood is on your hands just as much as Timothy Loehmann.
Same as it always is.