On November 22, 2014, a 12 year-old child by the name of Tamir Rice played with a toy gun outside of Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland Ohio. A concerned person nearby saw Tamir pointing the toy and called 911, informing the dispatcher that the potential weapon might be a fake gun and that the person with the toy appeared to be a juvenile. This bit of crucial information never made it to the responding officers and two seconds after arriving on the scene, Tamir was shot in the torso.
This week — as though the pain of losing a child were not enough — the City of Cleveland billed Tamir’s family for the boy’s ambulance ride to the hospital where he died.
The city has since said the bill was automatically generated and a mistake, but the billing follows a long string of insulting moves by the city against this grieving family. Cleveland has:
- Billed the family for the storage of Tamir’s body; and
- Insinuated that the family’s civil suit against the city was little more than a cash grab; and
- Blamed the child for his own murder, saying that that Tamir had not shown sufficient caution in the two-seconds before he was shot by a police officer who had previously been fired by another department for failing to meet that community’s standards for law enforcement skills.
The Rice family’s nightmare must end. Demand that Cleveland’s mayor immediately settle with Tamir’s family and acknowledge its wrongdoing so that this boy’s family can finally find justice and peace.
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Cleveland Nearly Charged Tamir Rice’s Family $500 for His Ambulance Ride
This family has suffered enough, a grave social injustice took the life of this young boy and unless wrong doing is recognised and addressed more and more innocent people will die. Last year in the USA 1,136 people were killed by police, that’s about an average of three people each day. One in ten people killed had a mental health problem. Black people are twice as likely to be killed than white people. Last year saw the highest rate of young black men killed in the USA by police: Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age About 25% of the African Americans killed were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people.
US police killed 1,136 people in 2015. Will 2016 be any different? – video
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“Killing of man who allegedly pointed a replica firearm at officers in California is 1,000th entry in Guardian database tracking police killings this year”
More people are killed in the USA by police than almost any other country.
Here in the UK last year the first person to be killed by police was not killed until September.
To get this into perspective concerning population comparisons:
The current population of the US is about 319 million, whereas the UK population is roughly 64 million.
This means there are nearly five time as many people in the US as in the UK, yet the police have managed to killed 776 times more people than officers in Britain.
In 95 years in the UK, police have fatally shot 51 people in single shooting incidents, whereas in US police have fatally shot 78 people in November 2015 alone.In the same month in the UK, there were no gun-related fatalities as a result of police shootings.
The Counted:People killed by the police in the USA, recorded by the Guardian – with your help
The Guardian view on killings by US police: why we must keep counting
As of December 23, a total of 12,942 people had been killed in the United States in 2015 in a gun homicide, unintentional shooting, or murder/suicide.