Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria, has every right to be upset. And over the weekend she spoke about against the city’s legal system and about a Cleveland grand jury’s decision not indict the white police officer who shot her unarmed son to death in November 2014.
Rice was at home when she received the news that no charges would be filed against Timothy Loehmann, the cop who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir at a park.
“I’m mad as hell,” she told MSNBC on Saturday morning. “Due to the corrupt system, I have a dead child.”
Following the grand jury decision on December 28, prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a press conference that Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmack, who will also not face charges, responded to a report of a “potential active shooter situation.” He went on to say that hadn’t been informed by the dispatcher that a witness said that Rice was likely playing with a gun that was “probably fake.”
The grand jury cited a lack of criminal misconduct evidence in the decision to not prosecute the two Cleveland officers involved in Tamir’s death.
In a statement, the Rice family said that they were “not surprised” by the verdict. “It has been clear for months now that Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment,” the statement read.
“I feel like breath has been taken from my body once again,” Samaria Rice told MSNBC, she also said that Loehmann had failed in his duties as a police officer, and was “unstable.”
Rice family attorney Jonathan Abady said that “there’s a historical issue with prosecutors being unable to police and prosecute their own because of the alliance that develops between and police and prosecutors.”