the acquittal of Cleveland officer Michael Brelo of the deaths of Timothy
Russell and Malissa Williams, Tamir Rice’s family is demanding that criminal
charges are filed against the officers involved in fatal shooting of the
12-year-old boy. On Saturday — the same day that the verdict came in on Brelo —
Tamir’s grandfather, Eugene Rice spoke to protestors outside of the Cudell
Recreation Center, where the boy was killed on Nov. 22. Despite the fact that
Friday marked the six-month anniversary of the boy’s death, the family is still
awaiting a resolution. And, according to Eugene, the Rice family is none too happy about that.
I can’t stand around and be peaceful. I’m mad as hell.At this point in time, no officers have been charged in Tamir’s death. Moreover, Eugene believes that Mayor Frank Jackson and other Cleveland officials are trying to avoid dealing with Tamir’s death. After seeing Brelo acquitted for firing multiple shots at two people following a high-speed car chase, the Rice family is demanding that the same ruling does not happen in Tamir’s case and that someone is held accountable for the boy’s death. Tamir Rice’s cousin, LaTonya Goldsby, said she wants charges to be filed against Timothy Loehmann, the officer responsible for shooting Tamir.
We have to try and find light in this tragedy.A reverend at the gathering on Saturday reminded the crowd of 300 that while they should continue to push for change and for justice, they should not allow themselves to be overtaken by emotion. Rev. Irma Williams reminded the protestors to ensure that their voices are heard, but to make sure that their voices remain calm and measured.
A violent voice will be ignored.
It is my expectation that protests remain peaceful and do not undermine the progress this community has made ... We are all one Cleveland and we want the same thing: peace, dialogue and positive change.
The Rice family would likely agree.
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