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Exactly 4 yeas ago today around 3:30 p.m., 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing outside of a recreation center with a toy gun and was shot by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann. Loehmann and his partner drove up on the 12-year-old and shot him within 2 seconds. Rice died the next day at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The 26-year-old police officer was never indicted for the killing

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There was outrage across the country, especially with the shooting of Mike Brown that August in Ferguson, Eric Garner strangled on camera by a cop that July in New York and John Crawford who was shot by a cop at a Walmart in  Beavercreek, Ohio.

Sadly, no one was ever held accountable for Rice’s death and it took nearly 3 years for Loehmann to be fired as a police officer. However, according to The Times Leader, he was rehired in Bellaire, a suburb outside of Cleveland, in October. Police Chief Richard Flanagan said he believes  Loehmann “deserves a second chance” and “he was cleared of any and all wrongdoing. He was never charged. It’s over and done with.”

In December of 2014, Rice family filed a civil suit against. In April of 2017 his family won a settlement of 6 million, reported, “Tamir Rice’s estate will receive $5.5 million, Samaria Rice, the boy’s mother, and his sister Tajai Rice will each receive $250,000. Neither the city, officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback nor dispatchers involved will admit to any wrongdoing. The city will pay $3 million this year and $3 million in 2017.”

Today, he should be 16 years old celebrating Thanksgiving with this family. See the video below of Tamri’s mother:

Starting today, the Tamir Rice Foundation is launching the 4×4 Anniversary campaign from November 22 to January 22. Click here to find out how you can be involved.

Rest in  power, Tamir Rice.


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