No Grand Jury Indictment in Tamir Rice Case, Hip-Hop Community Reacts
An Ohio grand jury ruled on Monday (Dec. 28) to not indict two Cleveland officers involved in the 2014 shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The verdict did not sit well with artists who went on social media to voice their disappointment.
Rice was playing with a toy pellet gun in a park when Officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner rode up and shot him. Loehmann’s partner, Officer Frank Garmback, will not be charged in Rice’s death either.
In a statement, Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, stated:
“In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by police without justice… I don’t want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored.”
Several rappers went on Twitter to express their frustration over the no indictment ruling by the Ohio grand jury.
“Many youth feel the USA govt is treating Black Lives Matter like the ISIS hype.The Gestapolike atmosphere is co-signing that vibe #TamirRice,” tweeted Chuck D.
Read the rest of the reactions below.
Many youth feel the USA govt is treating Black Lives Matter like the ISIS hype.The Gestapolike atmosphere is co-signing that vibe #TamirRice
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 28, 2015
No. For Just…us No Indictment For Cops Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice https://t.co/CU32AUeGS0
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) December 28, 2015
JUSTICE FOR TAMIR!!!!!
— KXNG CROOKED (@CrookedIntriago) December 28, 2015
— King Trappy III (@Jay_IDK) December 28, 2015
— tunji (@tunjiige) December 28, 2015
— Lecrae (@lecrae) December 28, 2015
Praying for the family of #TamirRice 12 years old shot within 2 seconds by Cleveland police while holding a toy gun that the caller identified as a toy. In an open carry state, so zero excuse for the police to murder this boy. But they did. 2pm, decision on charges or not will be made. UPDATE. No charges. Murderous cops walk free again.