Under pressure, Cleveland police finally released the full video transcript of the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice while he played with a toy gun in a public park. He was shot November 22 & died the next day. Police had responded to a 911 call reporting a child with a gun. The video shows there was no attempt by cops to discern the facts or negotiate. Tamir was shot within seconds of their arrival.
Police have resisted its release & its damning exposure of police brutality. As Tamir’s 14-year-old sister rushed to help him, one of the cops shoved her to the ground, handcuffed her, & threw her in the squad car. His mother said on nightly news they threatened her with arrest if she interfered.
Can media explain to us once again how exposing & protesting this violent & arrant criminality against Black kids endangers the lives of cops? Cause it’s really hard to get that when you see them shoot down a young boy & wrestle his young sister to the ground.
May young Tamir RIP & may we help his family find justice.
(Photo of Tamir Rice from sun.ie)