turn the entire thing into the nicest city park on the west side
If you suspect someone of having a gun you don't pull up and charge at them suddenly. You pull the car to a safe distance and you get on your speakerphone and you tell the person to drop the gun and put their hands in the air.
These cops literally went in guns blazing without taking a single second to assess the situation. They should be fired and prosecuted for manslaughter.
And for those saying "how could the parents let their kid out of the house with a toy gun?" I can promise you that your kids are doing things that that they shouldn't all the damn time without you ever knowing the difference. That's what kids do.
All these cops had to do was pull up 20 ft away and get on their speakerphone and tell Tamir to drop his "gun" and put his hands up. He would still be alive.
Instead they pulled right up to him with their guns blazing like absolute meatheads. If you thought this kid was potentially dangerous, perhaps assessing the situation before pulling up and shooting would've been a better course of action? These cops should go to jail for their negligence and horrible decision making.
If the officer yelled "drop the gun", common sense would say that Tamir Rice was reaching in his waste band to do EXACTLY THAT. He very well might have been following the officers command.
For this reason the video that has been released to the public is inconclusive. And for these cops to pound their chests and blindly defend this officer speaks volumes about where their priorities stand. Forget protecting and serving the public. They "protect and serve" other cops.
Since when is the killing of a black teenager by police a "political issue"? This has NOTHING to do with politics. This is about institutionalized racism by police.
"Shut and and dance, boy. I want to be entertained."
cue the "it's too cold 9 months of the year for bikeshare" trolls.
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