Mother Of Tamir Rice Says Her Son's Death Shows A Corrupt System

Mar 8, 2016


This Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, shows demonstrators blocking Public Square in Cleveland, during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A decision on whether to charge two white officers in the death of Tamir Rice, one of the higher-profile cases of black deaths at the hands of officers that have roiled cities nationwide, could come any day. The grand jury making the decision has been meeting since mid-October.
Credit Tony Dejak/The Associated Press


The mother of a 12 year old boy who was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014 says the lack of charges in the case is evidence of a broken system. 

Samaria Rice will discuss the death of her son Tamir, and preventing other tragedies, during an event at Kalamazoo College Wednesday. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. at Stetson Chapel.

Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer in November of 2014 as he played with a toy gun. A grand jury refused to indict the two officers involved in the case. Samaria Rice says she still wants the officers to face charges. 

"You have no accountability for their actions."

She says Tamir’s death is evidence of larger, systemic problems. 

"How are people going to trust them?... it needs to start with the system, it needs to be rebuilt."

Asked what she would want people to know about her son, Rice says 

"Tamir was a bright and loving child." 

Samaria Rice says her son was "the breath that gives me life." And she says people should remember Tamir as 

"A little boy playing in the park."