BREAKING: Grand Jury Brings No Charges Against Officers in Tamir Rice Shooting | Mediaite

Source: BREAKING: Grand Jury Brings No Charges Against Officers in Tamir Rice Shooting | Mediaite

This is ridiculous.
 
Tamir posed no actual threat.
 
Granted, the officers might have thought he did, and they didn’t get the full report from the 911 dispatcher, but here’s what they probably should have done.
 
Approach, figure out whatever direction Tamir would be most likely to hurt innnocent bystanders if he fired. Park maybe 20 feet away in that direction. Kill the engine, get on the loudspeaker and order Tamir to drop the weapon and put his hands up.
 
Given the reality of the situation, Tamir would have dropped the gun, put his hands up, and then the officers could yell at him a bit for waving the gun around and scaring people and all would be well.
 
And in the bizzarro world where Tamir was a threat, they’d be safe, they’d have protected innocent bystanders, and with a little distance they’d have time to possibly come up with a plan to bring him in alive.
 
Nearly running him over and opening fire before the door is even fully open should be reserved as a desperation move to take down someone ALREADY FIRING. That strategy removed the possibility of taking him alive, put the responding officers and anyone missed shots or richochets might hit at additional risk. This was an utter failure of an idea under these circumstances no matter how you look at it.
 
Those cops should be fired for incompetence. Then, if there was no evidence they were out to kill when they got the call, second degree murder charge, first degree if there was such evidence. They were incredibly reckless at best.
 
This grand jury is bullshit.
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BREAKING: Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder | ThinkProgress

BREAKING: Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder | ThinkProgress.

Even looking at this from a standpoint of assuming the cops reasonably thought Tamir was a threat, they still fucked up.

What they should have done is parked the car a bit away, yelled the warning without the engine noise or sirens possibly interfering, and taken cover behind the car just in case Tamir fired on them.

That would have almost certainly lead to Tamir surviving, possibly getting yelled at for being careless in showing off the toy gun but surviving, and even in the bizarro world where the gun was real and he was a threat, would have kept the cops and innocent bystanders safe.

Almost running him over and firing before the door is even completely open is stupid however you look at it.  If he was *already* shooting at people maybe a crazy stunt like that would make sense, but he wasn’t.

It might be debatable whether first degree murder should apply, but certainly second degree would IMO.

I try to give cops some leeway- if they hold fire too long in a situation where they do need to shoot someone, innocent people die just as surely as when they fire too quickly.  It’s a balance, and imperfect humans will never get it right 100% of the time.  But even giving them as much credit as possible, there’s just no way they were remotely in the right.  AT BEST they were incredibly reckless to the point a second degree murder charge, for depraved indifference to human life, should apply- or whatever the equivalent charge is under Ohio law.  And that’s reckless even if it could be established that they reasonably believed Tamir to be a threat, and that appears to be quite a stretch.