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12 Year old Tamir Rice

12 Year old Tamir Rice

I am curious about something, there has been so much up roar over the Michael Brown case and so many people expressing outrege over it, but the man had just robbed a store and then he assaulted an officer and tried to take his gun, They proved that with eye witness testimony and forensic science. Now i am sorry that a man lost his life but if you attack anybody who has a gun you will probably get shot.
What im curious about is how come there are so many protests and so much outrage for Michael Brown who actually did do something very wrong, but there hasnt been anywhere near the same amount of anger over 12 year old Tamir Rice who was shot and killed by a police officer for having a toy gun? I mean come on what is the deal? I swear i just dont understand what is going on in peoples heads anymore. Some things definitely deserve fury and anger, but i dont think anyone knows which ones do and which ones dont anymore. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tamir’s family.
Oh and it seems a lot of people dont know what the definition of murder is so i thought i would include it here. MURDER – The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse.

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8 responses

  1. Agreed! Murder – “without justification” – that’s absolutely right. Sorry that Brown had to lose his life, but he’s the one who made the bad choice that led to it. I’m a white female, and had I robbed a store and then charged at a cop, he would have shot me too.

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    December 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    • Thats right, I truly dont think the color of his skin had anything to do with it at all. My cousins father in law was an 80 year old white man who had a pocket knife in his own yard, the cops came told him to drop it and when he started walking toward them they shot him 7 times.

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      December 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      • That’s horrible. At 80 years old, you would think that they would have tried something different first, or at the very least fired one shot in the leg to get him down. But, point being though that color doesn’t matter. When a cop is or feels threatened he/she will react, and they have every right to do so. After all, their job is to protect.

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        December 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

  2. If I remember the Rice story correctly, it was a complete cluster of errors, starting with the toy gun having had the orange safety mechanism or coloring removed from the end of the barrel. The kid then had it stuck in his waistband. The kid is seen on video brandishing it, and according to the 911 caller it was ‘scaring the sh*t out of people’ When the police arrived, another video shows the kids hands going to his waistband instead of ‘up’ as he was ordered. 12 or 121, you don’t make a grab for anything but the sky when you’re told to put your hands up by a cop with a gun. The officer’s reaction was quick, and he was a brand new officer on the job. I find myself wondering if the other guy in the car, a veteran since 2008, shouldn’t have taken the lead on this one, given his experience, and the nature of a gun call. Yeah, it was a fake gun, but nobody knew that, and threatening movements by someone suspected by the police of HAVING said gun is going to provoke reaction accordingly.
    Procedurally, there could have been other things done in this case. The officer was close enough to use a taser, or the senior officer might have been better able to assess the situation. In the end though, this also boils down to action vs. reaction. The kid’s actions prompted reaction, and the videos are showing the kid reaching for his waistband and brandishing a BB gun without an orange safety indicator. HIS actions are seemingly much more clear than Brown’s were, even if the circumstances make it a much more tragic incident than the Ferguson case.

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    December 3, 2014 at 7:39 am

    • The kid was so young and kids at that age never think of the possibility of losing there life. and if the cop did fear for his life, I mean could he not have shot him in the arm or leg or something? This one hits very close to home for me because my son is 11 and also has a bb gun, so maybe because of that I am not able to clearly assess the situation

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      December 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

      • Arm and leg shots are discouraged from being taken, as the ‘target’ area is much smaller and creates the possibility for much more collateral damage. Not only that, the practice is to ‘shoot to stop’ and an arm/leg shot is simply not enough to stop a threat armed with a gun. All of this is what makes the case to damn tragic- if eve none factor had been changed, the kid might be alive. The officer did what he had been trained to do. Too quickly? Perhaps, but not being there, making that judgement is tough. Almost everyone in this story could be said to have made mistakes, and the price was high.

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        December 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

  3. Like everything in life… whomever… whatever… if the popular people say it’s the most important that’s what the masses believe is the most important! The popular people should be more careful and ashamed at times. (like saying neon clothing should come back in style!!) And the masses need to use their own ears and eyes and decide for themselves… but that takes effort and energy!!!

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    December 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

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