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
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, Cleveland.com 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.