Tamir Rice’s family attorney has put the City of Cleveland on blast for blaming Tamir for his own death. In November, 12-year-old Rice was gunned down by police officers on a playground, when they thought his toy gun was a real one. In the city’s court filing, they stated that Rice’s actions “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts. . .,” and added that Tamir caused his own death “by the failure. . . to exercise due care to avoid injury.”

From The Washington Post:

“What they said is incredulous at best. It’s unbelievable,” said Walter Madison, one of the Rice family’s attorneys, during an interview with The Washington Post on Monday in which he said the city’s response was further evidence of police arrogance. “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.”

On Monday afternoon, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson apologized to the Rice family and Cleveland residents “for our poor use of words and our insensitivity” in the filing.

“In an attempt to protect all of our defenses, we used words and we phrased things in such a way that was very insensitive,” he said at a news conference. “Very insensitive to tragedy in general, the family and the victim in particular.”

In the video from the shooting, you can clearly see that Rice was just another kid at a playground, when police arrived and shot him down in cold blood. Without any warning.

Only in this country would a 12-year-old black kid get blamed for his own death when he’s just ‘being a kid’.

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  • Anonin

    That really must be a slap in the face to the family

  • Anthony

    Cleveland was only thinking about money. They are trying to minimize the settlement they pay out to this family. Yesterday, on Chris Hays’ show, a famous lawyer mentioned how police are trained to seek cover when confronting someone they think is armed, and demand that the subject freeze. Doing something that simple could have avoided this tragic killing. It is also further evidence that the cop, who had been let go by another city because he was judged incompetent, should never have been given a gun and a badge.

    As long as cities and police unions make excuses for these kinds of needless killings, Black Lives Don’t Matter.

  • I have read some low things in my life. The action by the city of Cleveland in demonizing an innocent child is one of the most disrespectful, low, and offensive actions that I have ever seen in my life. Tamir Rice was a Brother who was living his life and he was cut short by a brutish cop (who had issues and he shouldn’t of been a cop in the first place). I feel for the family of Tamir Rice. The crooked cops are trying to cover up their own evil deeds. The murderous police officer is responsible for the murder of Tamir Rice. This epidemic of police brutality and police murder should be fought against.

  • Anthony

    The irony is that Ohio is an open carry state. Openly carrying a gun in Ohio is not a crime. It just seems that black men (women too, I’m sure,) are judged existential threats when seen with guns, and are killed. I think that in Ohio, black people who legally own guns, should march with their guns like NRA folks. My point is not to threaten violence, but to reinforce the fact that African Americans are citizens, and have the rights of citizens. Heck, the guns should probably be unloaded, but their needs to be a public and dramatic demonstration of Black equality before the law.

  • Mary Burrell

    I am not surprised by this at all.