Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Cleveland Protestors Call Upon LeBron James Following the Tamir Rice Decision
By Phoebe Potiker
on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 2:52 PM
The movement was in response to the announcement from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty that a grand jury had decided not to indict the officers involved in the deadly shooting of twelve-year-old Tamir Rice.
Led by writer Tariq Touré, protestors have taken to twitter to request that the NBA star refuse to play in upcoming games until the DOJ — independently investigating, spokespersons have said — "imprisions the murderers of Tamir Rice".
James is no rookie to activism. Last year, he and his teammates donned black T-shirts with the words "I Can't Breathe" lettered in white across the front. That gesture was in support of the family of Eric Garner, a black male killed by police in New York City months before.
However, the movement has not been fully unified as some see the demand as too "big of a burden to place on one individual."
As the Cavaliers took the court in Phoenix, Arizona Monday night to play the Suns, activists took to Twitter. They called upon Cleveland's golden-boy, LeBron James, using the hashtag #NoJusticeNoLebron, to stand up against the decision in the Tamir Rice case released earlier that day.