One Year Later: Justice for Tamir Rice
Nov. 23 will mark one year since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down by a Cleveland police officer while playing near his home.
The investigation has been unfruitful, with the two officers involved escaping criminal charges thus far despite Rice being shot less than 2 seconds after they arrived on the scene.
In memory of Rice, and as a call for justice, activists, residents and concerned citizens will host a series of events this weekend.
“A year has gone by with no justice for Tamir Rice,” said Elle Hearns, #BlackLivesMatter strategic partner and GetEQUAL Central Region Coordinator. “Though there are incredible deficiencies in the ways that his murder has been handled by the justice system, this weekend is about honoring Tamir Rice’s life and supporting his family. The organizing demanding justice for Tamir Rice is much more than a moment in time.”
Activists are putting pressure on county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who waited months before presenting evidence or the case to a grand jury.
“Until we receive justice for Tamir, we will continue to speak his name and stand up for his life and his family,” said LaTonya Goldsby, Tamir’s cousin.
Actions and events of remembrance will be taking place both in Ohio and around the country in accordance with the wishes of Ohio organizers and Tamir’s family.
Organizers based in Cleveland will hold the following events in memory of Tamir:
Butterfly Project Commemoration
11:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Cudell Recreation Center — 1910 West Blvd
Banner for Justice for Tamir
10:30 AM — 2:00 PM
Cleveland Public Library MLK Jr Branch — 1962 Stokes Blvd
Sound Off: A Town Hall and Panel — Standing In Need of Justice A Year Later
2:45 — 6:00 PM
Clark-Fulton Public Library — 3525 Fulton Road
A Vigil For Tamir
Cudell Recreation Center
1910 West Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44102
1:00 PM ET
Meet at Free Stamp, March to Justice Center
Visit http://www.justicefortamir.com for more information. Keep up with the weekend of remembrance on social media via the #YearWithoutTamir and #GetUpOhio hashtags.