Last week the Black Lives Matter movement and its supporters were dealt a heavy blow, when it was announced that there would be no charges handed down for the death of Sandra Bland. Evidenced by various reports, more times than not, police officers who kill unarmed Black people (or die with no warning like Bland) will be let off the hook. Brace yourselves, we’re at that point again. After waiting over a year for a charges to eve be filed, it has been reported to the public that no indictment will be handed down for the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. According to CNN, prosecutor Tom McGinty said (paraphrased), “It was ‘reasonable’ to believe that the officer who killed the boy was facing a threat.”
Tamir was playing with a pellet gun on a Cleveland playground when a newsy onlooker called 911 to report “a guy with a pistol.” CNN reports:
Information that the gun the caller saw was probably not real and that the person holding it appeared to be a juvenile was not conveyed to Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, according to recordings that law enforcement released.
Video of the incident shows a patrol car pull up on the snowy grass near a gazebo where Tamir is standing. Within seconds of arriving on the scene, Loehmann shoots the boy.
The gun was in the waistband of Tamir’s pants. Sims writes that in the video, it appears the boy’s hands moved toward his waistband, but it is unclear if he reached for the gun.
“The after-acquired information — that the individual was 12 years old, and the weapon in question was an ‘airsoft gun’– is not relevant to a constitutional review of Officer Loehmann’s actions,” said FBI veteran Kimberly Crawford in a written statement. She said that Loehmann had to make a threat assessment and split-second decision when he arrived on the scene. “His response was a reasonable one,” she wrote.
Undoubtedly, this news comes to the dismay of Tamir’s family and everyone supporting. The police mistakenly shot and killed a child at play, and no one is has to suffer for it besides them. Brace yourselves yet again for the outcome of other cases, such as that of the killer cop that took the life of Laquan McDonald.