I was very happy to see that a few images I shot during a demonstration in Cleveland to protest the shooting death of Tamir Rice were used last week in The Guardian and MSN.com and last month by Time.com.
The death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot and killed by a police officer at a community park on the city’s west side, was the most tragic story to develop during the handful of months I’ve spent in Cleveland –and the one generating the most outrage.
If you’re not familiar with the case, here’s The Guardian‘s summary:
Rice was shot in the abdomen by Cleveland police in November. Officers were responding to a 911 call where a caller claimed a “guy” with a gun that was “probably fake” was scaring people. It was later revealed that the officer who shot Rice, Timothy Loehmann, was dismissed from another Ohio police department for “dismal” handgun performance.
Surveillance camera footage of the incident shows a patrol vehicle speeding on to the playground, and one officer appears to shoot Rice almost as soon as the car’s door opens, within seconds of arrival. Rice falls to the ground, and the firing officer runs to duck behind the opposite side of the car.
Surveillance footage from the park revealed that police waited more than four minutes before administering any form of first aid to the bleeding child. Video also showed that when Tamir’s 14-year-old sister arrived on the scene, officers tackled and handcuffed her before pushing her into the police cruiser. Their mother arrived next to find one child lying in a pool of blood and another locked in the back of a police car. She too was threatened with arrest if she wouldn’t “calm down”.
Tamir’s death was ruled a homicide in December. A decision on whether to indict Loehmann is expected in March.
- December 20, 2014 – Weekend Demonstrations Begin in Cleveland to Protest Fatal Police Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy
- December 5, 2014 – Memorial for Tamir Rice, 12-Year-Old Slain by Police Officers in Cleveland