A supportive social-media campaign has sprung up to support to the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot to death by Cleveland police officers following a grand jury’s decision not to indict. This Life: “Did Tamir’s life matter?”
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said Samaria Rice was was “broken up” when she learned that two officers wouldn’t be charged and that “it was a tough conversation,” ABC News reported.
McGinty says a “perfect storm of human error” led to Tamir’s death. “Newly enhanced video shows that it is ‘indisputable’ that Tamir was removing his gun from his waistband when he was shot,” ABC News reported. “He says it’s almost certain that Tamir intended to hand it over to the officers or to show them that it wasn’t a real gun. But he says there’s no way the officers could have known that.”
The NAACP has blasted the decision and the prosecution, saying in part: “The failure of the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury to indict the killers of young Tamir Rice with Murder is a miscarriage of justice. This case has been botched from its inception by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.”
Meanwhile, Twitter has wrapped its arms around the grieving mother with this hashtag campaign: