Normally I don’t write a great deal on these police-involved shootings. Not because I don’t have an opinion on them, I just find that nowadays most people on either the “cops are bad” or “pro-cop” sides aren’t really looking for the truth, they just want the end results to be whatever they want them to be – regardless of facts.
As I’ve said since the Mike Brown shooting, wait for the facts to come out, then determine how you feel about it. Unfortunately, that’s not usually what happens. Now many people simply assume guilt or innocence – not based on the facts – but on what “side” they’re on. Though the media plays a part in this as well. Almost immediately following the news that one of these shootings has occurred, many within the media instantly start a campaign to divide us, typically to capitalize on emotion to generate revenue.
That being said, the Tamir Rice case is one that I have discussed a few times on Facebook. I watched the video several times and this was, from what seems as clear as day, an unwarranted shooting. I can’t even fathom the “logic” someone would use to justify driving up on a 12-year-old (though his age wasn’t known when the cops arrived), getting within a few feet of him, and gunning him down almost the moment you exited from the vehicle.
So, Rice had a realistic looking toy gun? Okay. Then why the hell did these cops drive up within a few feet of him at a fairly high rate of speed? The goal of any police officer should be to not kill. Clearly, with a toy gun, Rice wasn’t behaving in a manner that would be deemed “threatening” at all. Why would he? It was a toy gun… and he was 12 years old. So even basic logic dictates that these officers were completely inept when handling the situation – which led to a 12-year-old being killed.
A 12-year-old with a toy gun died at the hands of a police officer who shot him almost immediately after making contact with the child – but that officer won’t have to answer for his actions? That’s sickening.
It’s an inexcusable disgrace that this shooting won’t even go to trial, and that the officer won’t be forced to answer for his actions. A jury of his peers should be determining whether or not he acted lawfully or unlawfully when he apparently felt so “threatened” by a 12-year-old that he gunned him down without ever really giving Tamir Rice a chance.
It’s heartbreaking on so many levels that there aren’t words to even adequately convey how disgusted I am by this.
This is not justice – and it damn sure isn’t right.