Journey through a year without justice
December 28, 2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TAMIR RICE’S FAMILY MOURNS FOR TAMIR AFTER NON-INDICTMENT OF OFFICERS
November 18, 2015: “Justice For Tamir Rice,” Demand Organizers Around the Country
12 year old Tamir Rice was lethally shot in the torso by Cleveland police while playing with an airsoft toy gun at Cudell Recreation Center on November 22nd, 2014. He was not given first aid for four minutes. Tamir died the next day from his injuries.
Tamir’s Funeral occurs with no body. Activists, organizers and community members from Ferguson come to Cleveland for solidarity action.
MLK March for Tamir. Report about Timothy Loehmann’s misconduct released by Independence Police Department.
90 Day March for 3 Month Anniversary of Tamir. Nationwide vigile from Cudell.
Tamir Rice Justice Committee formed to seek justice.
Tamir was creamated 6 months after his death. Filmmakers from France come to create a documentary about Tamir.
Impett Park Funeral procession to prosecutor McGinty’s home to demand the arrest of involved officers.
Sherrif’s department turns over the case to prosecuter McGinty’s office. Tamirs 13th Birthday celebration at Cudell in his honor. Family and friends of Tamir pass out gift baskets at his school.
March to prosecutor McGinty’s office with petition to bring charges against the officers with 63k signatures.
Tamir’s family holds press conferance on the steps of the Cleveland Justice Center in response to new developements in the case.
9 month anniversary and vigil to honor Tamir. His mother carried him for 9 months, he was killed in 2 seconds.
Reports from the prosecuter released, family calls for a special prosecuter. Family starts petition to appoint special prosecuter.
1 year without justice, 1 year without Tamir.
12 year old Tamir Rice was lethally shot in the torso by Cleveland police while playing with an airsoft toy gun at Cudell Recreation Center November 22nd, 2014. He was not given first aid for four minutes. Tamir died the next day from his injuries.
Police Cover-Ups – Multiple officers lied about crucial details of the shooting during intial investistigation, most importantly Deputy Police Chief of Field Operations Ed Tomba (pictured). Video evidence released by the police due to the pressure of the family on Nov 26 shows Loehmann shot and killed Tamir from less than 10 feet away within 2 seconds of pulling up to the pavillion. It is clear Tamir was alone, the airsoft gun was not out, and Loehmann issued no verbal warning, all contrary to previous police statements.
Unfit for Duty -The rookie officer who shot Tamir, Timothy Loehmann (pictured), was determined to be emotionally unfit for duty while employed by the Independence Police Department. The driver of the police car, Frank Garmback, was involed in a 100k settlement for his use of excessive force.
The Family Fights for Justice – In March 2015, the Tamir Rice Justice Committee is formed by family, friends, and concerned community members. The justice committee and their supporters marched to prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office to delivery a petition with 63k to bring charges against the officers. Community members established the Butterfly Garden program at Cudell in honor of Tamir.
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied – On Thursday Nov. 12th Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty released an unjustified report that declared Loehmann’s use of deadly force “was clearly objectively reasonable.” McGinty also made hurtful comments towards the family to dismiss their fight for justice for Tamir. McGinty also was the prosecutor who handled the trial of the officer involved in the murders of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams and the 137 shots that were fired at them by Cleveland Police resulting in their deaths. The prosecutor needs to recuse himself and/or needs to appoint a special prosecutor to stop the mishandling of this case, and to release the rest of the surveillance video of the shooting.
Saturday November 21Banner for Justice for Tamir
Cleveland Public Library MLK Jr Branch – 1962 Stokes BlvdButterfly Project Commemoration
Cudell Recreation Center – 1910 West BlvdSound Off: A Town Hall & Panel: Standing in Need of Justic A Year Later Clark-Fulton Public Library – 3545 Fulton Road