Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio.
On November 22, 2014, police was responding a call about a man pointing a gun at random people. The caller said the gun could be fake and the person might be a juvenile.
Two police officers found Rice at the scene. They told him to show them his hands but according to officers instead of showing his hands Rice was trying to draw a gun. One of the officers shot Rice twice. The next day Rice died of injuries at a hospital. Rice’s gun was found to be an airsoft replica; it lacked the orange-tipped barrel that would have indicated it was a toy gun.
In May 2021, the family of Tamir Rice has asked DOJ to reopen the federal investigation into the boy’s death. In July 2021, the Ohio Supreme Court refused an appeal over the firing of a white police officer who shot Rice. The officer was fired in 2017.
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“It means everything to me and my family that we get some justice for Tamir,” Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, said.
“I’m still in so much pain because no one has been held accountable for the criminal act that took his life,” Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, said in a statement. “I’m asking DOJ to reopen the investigation into my son’s case; we need an indictment and conviction for Tamir’s death.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.