Cops kill twelve year old. Why? He was holding a realistic toy pistol- stuck in his belt- and when told to put his hands up, instead went to grab it.
CLEVELAND — A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds on Sunday, one day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving what the caller described as a “probably fake” gun at a playground.
Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon — which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle — from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats, but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Deputy Chief Tomba said.
“That’s when the officer fired,” he said.
The Cuyahoga County medical examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice.
An attorney for his family, Timothy Kucharski, said the boy went to the park with friends Saturday afternoon, but he did not know the details of what led to the shooting.
The police department is investigating the shooting.
Both officers who responded, a first-year rookie and a 10-year department veteran, have been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the department’s investigation.
The county prosecutor’s office also is investigating.
Mr. Kucharski said he will conduct his own investigation into the shooting and review the police’s investigation to determine “how exactly an innocent young 12-year-old boy could be killed playing at the park.”
“His mother is devastated,” Mr. Kucharski said.
The shooting of the boy, who was African-American, occurred as a grand jury is expected to make a decision soon over whether to charge a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., setting off months of protests.
Mr. Kucharski said he did not know the race of the officer who shot the boy, and the shooting did not appear to have anything to do with race.
The important question, he said, was why the officers did not act with more caution because they were dealing with a child.
“The police have to address these things in the proper context,” he said.
“This is a 12-year-old boy. This is not a grown man.
“I’d think you would handle situations with children differently than you would with an adult. They don’t fully understand everything that is going on.”
Absolutely correct. But why did it happen? Not the shooting, but all the elements that led up to the shooting? Take them apart and witness the commentary they tell about our society.
1. Twelve year old black kid with a realistic gun…in CLEVELAND! Who thought that was a good idea? Did the parents know? Did they tell their kid not to go to a public park with what looked to be a gun?
2. Who is this kid? Of course we’ll get the most gentle looking photo possible- like Mike Brown, but what motivated him to go to a public playground with a “gun”? Why ask? Because Cleveland has a juvenile gang problem.
The initials BBE are an acronym for “Band Boy Entertainment.” The 900 represents a “bizarre means of communication” with other gangs, McGinty said.
“The overarching motivation for BBE 900 was to intimidate both potential rivals and law-abiding citizens,” Deskins said. “The BBE 900 gang bragged that they owned the streets and demonstrated the ability to assault or steal from whomever they found.
“Today, on behalf of the people of Cuyahoga County, the law enforcement community is sending the BBE 900 gang another message: ‘You do not own the streets.'”
Twelve of the gang members in the indictment are adults; 26 are juveniles. Four of the suspects remain free, and eight were already behind bars, including Sterling Manning Jr., 18, of Cleveland, who was indicted for aggravated murder two weeks ago in connection with the July 10 fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy.
The other adults named in the indictment were Sayvon J. Hall, 19, Eric F. Moore, 18, George A. Jones, 18, Marquis L. Cistrunk, Dario W. Baker, Nathan Brown, Marquis D. Smith, Brandon B. Wilson, Anthony C. Bringsthem, Clinton M. Young III, 20, Marquise A. Taylor, 18. All of the ages and addresses were not available.
The 12 adults face felony charges of racketeering and participating in a criminal gang, which carry mandatory minimum prison sentences of 10 years and two to eight years, respectively, said Assistant County Prosecutor Gregory Mussman.
3. Who called it in?
Today’s society is a anti-gun, rat out your neighbor please, type of society. We have busy bodies everywhere. Back in my day, my buddies and I would wander all over the neighborhood with BB guns and pellet guns, never EVER thinking someone would call the police. But times are different. Just like the kid in California killed by the Sheriff deputy (who should have handled THAT differently), walking down the street today with a toy gun can get you killed!
4. Why did the police, once again, decided the only option was lethal force?
Each situation is unique.
The sheriff who killed the kid carrying a replica AK47 made a number of tactical errors. I’m sure he’d do it differently if he could, or at least I hope he feels that way. In the resulting investigation, the kid was found to be high on marijuana- yep- doped and carrying a replica AK47. Doped up just like Mike Brown. I’m sure it affected his ability to absorb the changing situation that day.
So much for that non-lethal weed story.
In this case, the police were asked to approach a black kid, in Cleveland, a place filled with black juvenile gang problem, in a public place where a stray bullet in a shoot out could kill an innocent.
Sometimes there is no good choices, only the least bad choice.
Still he’s a kid, and the police need to learn to err on the side of caution. The type of training we get is like a hammer. And when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.