Today (Nov. 22) marks one year since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was gunned down by Cleveland police. While his family continues to mourn its loss, they are also pushing forward with their fight for justice. As the officers involved in Rice’s tragic death have not been charged or fired, the family has moved to have Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty removed the case and replaced by a special prosecutor in an effort to get a fair grand jury process.
In an update to a Change.org petition to oust McGinty, Rice’s cousin LaTonya Goldsby informed the family’s supporters that a vigil will be held at the site of Rice’s shooting. She also announced that a rally will take place on Monday (Nov. 23). Other families who have been affected by deaths at the hands of police are expected to be in attendance as well. The push for justice is being dubbed #YearWithoutTamir:
Thank you for your support of my cousin Tamir in the past year. The anniversary of his murder is days aways and we’re organizing in Cleveland to make sure Tamir gets the justice he deserves.
Those that plan on coming to Cleveland, we ask you to join us this Sunday Nov 22nd at 3:30pm at Cudell Park for a vigil in honor of Tamir and stay for Monday. Monday at 1pm we will hold our rally, presenting our petition demanding Cuyahoga County Prosecutor McGinty step down and appoint a special prosecutor. We will begin at the Free Stamp at Willard Park. For those of you coming tomorrow, our town hall event with the survivor-families of people who have lost their lives at the hands of the police will take place at 2:45 pm at Clark Fulton Library 3545 Fulton rd., Cleveland, OH 44109.
Goldsby’s Change.org petition notes that the “close institutional alliance between police and prosecutors” has kept police officers who engage in misconduct from being disciplined for their actions. Referencing a motion made by the Attorney General of New York, Goldsby is requesting that Rice’s death be treated as an “independent investigation” to relieve the situation of any bias. A recent report by investigators concluded that the officer who shot Tamir – Timothy Loehmann, a trainee – was “reasonable” in his actions.
Rice’s family has set a goal of reaching 150,000 signatures to deliver to McGinty’s office on Monday. They have hit 102,000 as of Sunday afternoon. “It’s clear Prosecutor McGinty is doing everything in his power to avoid holding Tamir’s killers accountable and we can’t let him get away with it,” Goldsby wrote on Facebook.
Rest in peace, Tamir Rice.