It’s been a little over five months since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down in a Cleveland park. Thus far, the officer who shot the child has not been charged with the homicide, and the family has not yet been able to bury their son due to the delayed investigation.
In a motion filed on April 20, the two police officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who were seen on the widely circulated video where the officers shot the young boy “within one second of the officers’ arrival,” have asked a federal judge to halt the federal civil rights lawsuit filed against them. According to Cleveland.com, “both officers seek to protect their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.”
A motion filed by the family on May 4 in response to a requested halt of the family’s federal civil rights suit says:
Now, five months later, this investigation is still pending despite the incident being captured on video and published on the world wide web for public consumption and review. In that video, it is clear that Tamir Rice was shot within a [sic] one second of the officers arrival and he was never given an opportunity to comply with any verbal commands (if they actually had been given). [Source]
The Washington Post reported, “Plaintiffs are incurring expense daily and are unsure if they can finally rest Tamir Rice due to the pending investigation,” the motion filed by the family reads. “A stay would exacerbate this expense and emotional distress.”
Feminista Jones tweeted a startling reality for the Rice family.
— CodeName: Black Mama (@FeministaJones) May 4, 2015
Samaria Rice now resides in a homeless shelter.
Confirmed in the filed motion:
The incident has also shattered the life of the Rice Family. In particular, Samaria Rice, Tamir Rice’s mother, has since been forced to move into a homeless shelter because she could no longer live next door to the killing field of her son.
Obviously, this family is in desperate need of some care and support. Their 12-year-old son has been stolen from them. Nothing will ever make them whole from that kind of loss. However, the excessive delay in this investigation only adds to this great injustice.
We’ve seen crowd-funding campaigns go viral, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for bigoted and otherwise unpleasant and undeserving people.
This family has lost a child at the hands of a police officer and it has destroyed their lives. Surely they are deserving of our kindness and generosity.
If you are in a position to give, please do so through the methods below.
Checks and money orders can be sent to:
The Estate of Tamir Rice
c/o Parks & Crump, LLC
240 N. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
All checks must be made out to The Rice Memorial Fund.
Or visit the verified GoFundMe page.
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