Here in Cleveland, we had a 12 year old boy shot to death Sunday. He was 12 years old. He was black and 12 years old. A man called 911 and said he wasn’t sure if a gun was a toy or real. When the police arrived, they did not determine if it was a toy. It was a very realistic looking toy. They never investigated and shot Tamir in the abdomen. He died at Metro Hospital. A civil law suit has been filed against the police department.
I am appalled that this child was killed. The police pulled up in their police car and shot Tamir. He was at the rec center with his sister and some other kids. He wasn’t a gang member, he was just playing with his toy. Now, just for the record, I would not give a child any gun. I do not believe in guns but I am in a minority in America.
The police need to stop being so quick to shoot young minorities. Toy guns should not look real. Cops should not shoot first and find out the facts afterwards. What if that was their child? What if their child’s blood pooled on a city sidewalk?
The federal government is involved in this investigation and they are not supporting the police. Please pray for the Rice family and all black American families because too many are grieving across the country.