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.”
“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’.