feminism & equality

No Justice for Tamir Rice

A Grand Jury decided not to bring charges against the two police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. He was shot within a few seconds of the police car rushing up next to him, given no time to comply with an order if he was given one, and left to die without medical attention while his sister screamed as they kept her away from him. There’s a video showing all of this. Nothing about what happened to him is okay. And yet, here we are again. No consequences, not even when it’s a 12-year-old kid.

In a statement, Tamir’s mom, Samaria Rice, said:

“Prosecutor (Tim) McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system.”

Read more: Tamir Rice’s family ‘saddened and disappointed’ by grand jury decision

I’m tired of this.