Day 28 - Last Words: Tamir Rice
- Tamir Rice, 2002-2014
Tamir Rice, age 12, played with an Airsoft toy gun on a swing in a city park in Cleveland, OH on the afternoon of November 22, 2014. A caller sitting in a nearby gazebo alerted police that a black male was pointing a “pistol” at people, saying that the gun was “probably fake.”
Two officers, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, arrived on the scene and, within two seconds, Loehmann fired two shots. Rice was hit in the torso, but the officers did not administer first aid. Seven minutes later paramedics arrived and took him to MetroHealth Medical Center, where Rice died the following day. His last words are unknown.
On December 28, 2015, a grand jury decided not to indict the officers. The police held Rice's body for six months after his death. Ohio is an “open carry” state, where open carry of firearms is legal with or without a license. In April 2015 the city of Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the relatives of Tamir Rice.
Sources: Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, New York Times