Family Of 12-Year-Old Police Shooting Victim Told He Caused His Own Death
This is an absolute shame. After police gunned down 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year in an incident that was completely caught on video, the city of Cleveland is telling his mourning family that his death is no one’s fault but his own. Via MailOnline:
The city of Cleveland has come out against the family of a 12-year-old boy who was killed at the hands of a police officer.
Tamir Rice was shot dead by an officer just two seconds after the cop encountered the boy, who was holding a gun, playing in a park with his sister on November 22. The initial call of complaint came from someone who told the dispatcher the gun was ‘probably fake’ and the gun ultimately turned out to be a non-lethal pellet gun.
His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit and now the city has responded by saying the young boy failed “to exercise due care to avoid injury.” The city also stated in their response, obtained by Cleveland.com, that Tamir died because of “the conduct of individuals or entities other than Defendant.”
The Defendant is police officer Timothy Loehmann.
Also named as a plantiff in the family’s suit in Tamir’s sister Tajai, 14, who was tackled by an officer as she ran towards the body of her brother screaming ‘my baby brother, they killed my baby brother.’
The officers then handcuffed the young girl and threw her in the back of a squad car.
At no point was Tamir given medical attention until an FBI agent on a nearby bank detail arrived, almost five minutes after the shooting.
The entire incident, from the moment police arrive on the scene to when Tajai is taken down and handcuffed to the arrival of the agent who provided first aid, was caught on video which the city was initially reluctant to release it to the public.
So not only did Officer Loehmann kill this innocent child for no reason and handcuff his panicked sister who watched it all happen…the city is basically telling his family “it’s their own fault for playing in the park.”
This is absolutely ridiculous. SMH.