Thursday 8 December 2022
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Civil Rights Leaders Disappointed as Grand Jury Refuses to Indict Officer in Killing of Tamir Rice

By Hazel Trice Edney


tamir( – National Civil rights leaders are expressing great disappointment and calling for new policies after a Cleveland grand jury refused to indict the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice only seconds after encountering him with a toy gun.

“Has the value of the lives of our children been reduced to a decision made in less than two seconds?  That is the amount of time it took for one officer to decide whether Tamir Rice should die….less than two seconds,” said NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, in a statement. “Life and death decisions are made every day by police officers across the country, but the benefit of the doubt is often given in the preservation of white lives while the presumption of guilt, dangerousness and suspicion, time after time, is reserved for black lives.”

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