“Our tax dollars are paying these killer p*gs," livid mother of Tamir Rice states in a speech to mark the second anniversary of her son’s gruesome killing.
CLEVELAND — Nov. 22, 2014.
Activists and supporters demonstrated outside of the First District Police Headquarters on W. 130th Street for 12 hours, each year of Rice’s life.
Black Lives Matter, Cleveland posted the event on Facebook.
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Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, gave a statement at 5 p.m. She’s demanding justice and a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. WKYC Channel 3′ s Carly Flynn Morgan was there and captured Rice’s speech on Facebook Live.
While chanting, “We got to fight back” and “No justice, no peace,” a few dozen protesters blocked traffic in front of the police station for a while, as they marked the second anniversary of the fatal police-involved shooting, according to Fox 8.
“Two years too long; I have no justice … many, many sleepless nights,” said Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice.
Rice joined the demonstrators on the steps of the police station. Some arrived as early as 6:00 a.m.
“There’s no reason why we should have dead babies in the state of Ohio or in this country which y’all call America … I’m disgusted with America,” Rice said.
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November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland police at the Cudell Recreation Center. Investigators say he was handling an air soft pistol, which the officers thought was a real gun. The officers involved, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were not charged, although they could still face disciplinary action.
“My first demand is the immediate firing of the officers, which is still working in this building behind us,” Rice told the crowd.
Samaria says she also wants incoming prosecutor Mike O’Malley to reconsider criminal charges against the officers. She also wants a meeting with outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Samaria and supporters also had a message for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
“I need you to make sure that your process get these officers fired ’cause you’re coming up on election and trust me, you will be voted out of here,” said Rice.
On the second anniversary of her son’s death, Samaria Rice stood on the steps of the police headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio and read out a list of demands, NBC News states.
“These two years have felt like hell and many sleepless nights, when I close my eyes to try to get some rest all I can see is my son getting shot,” Rice said, later adding, “Our tax dollars are paying these killer p*gs.”
Tamir Rice was shot and killed by police officers on Nov. 22, 2014. Video of the incident shows a police cruiser racing to the front of a recreation center and pulling up alongside the boy. One of the officers quickly fires two shots and the child crumples to the ground and dies.
Earlier that day, Rice had been waving a pellet gun, which had prompted a 911 call.
The video of Rice’s death sparked swift and immediate outrage on social media, and numerous protests across the country. In April, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought against the city by his family.
But on Tuesday, as she read from her list of demands, Rice said that she had lost faith in the government, including the Obama administration, and its ability to protect children.
“My forth demand,” said Rice, “is that the city of Cleveland reallocates some of their police budget to Cleveland public schools because police does not equal safety for our babies. If we want safer communities we must invest in our future the youth.”
Two years down the line and nothing seems to be done about the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice; the family of the deceased continue to live in torment and fear whereas the killer cops walks about freely. This is what systematic racism has reduced us to. The mother of Tamir Rice has laid out her demands and she truly deserves justice just like any other American citizen. We must all come together and continue to kick against the canker of systematic racism.