The great, brilliant and benevolent attorney for the City of Cleveland have decided that 12 year old Tamir Rice placed himself in danger and is, therefore, responsible for his own demise. This CHILD was given all of 2 seconds to “comply” before being slaughtered by a Cleveland Police officer. This is just another example of the low value that black lives hold in this country.
“It’s unbelievable,” Walter Madison, one of the Rice family’s attorneys, told the Washington Post on Monday. “There are a number of things that we in society don’t allow 12-year-olds to do. We don’t allow them to vote, we don’t allow them to drink. In court we don’t try them as adults. They don’t have the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions.”
Benjamin Crump, Rice family co-counsel, told CNN that the family was “just in disbelief.”
Tamir Rice was killed on Nov. 22 outside a recreation center by police officers who were responding to a report of a person with a gun. Rice, who was playing with a pellet gun, was shot within seconds after officers arrived at the scene by rookie cop Timothy Loehmann, who reportedly said he had “no choice” but to defend himself.
The family’s lawsuit, filed in December, alleges police used excessive force and failed to immediately provide first aid.
On Friday, the city’s attorneys responded to a lawsuit filed by the family, saying their claims “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts” and that Tamir caused his own death “by the failure … to exercise due care to avoid injury.”
Not surprisingly, the city’s seemingly cold response has drawn considerable outrage online.