Two outside investigators looking into the death of Tamir Rice have concluded that a Cleveland police officer, Tim Loehmann, acted reasonably in deciding last year to shoot when he confronted the 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a replica gun.
Those opinions, reached separately by a Colorado prosecutor and a former F.B.I. supervisory special agent, were released Saturday night by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, Timothy J. McGinty, whose office will ultimately present evidence in the case to a grand jury to decide on possible criminal charges.
“The question is not whether every officer would have reacted the same way,” Kimberly A. Crawford, the retired F.B.I. agent, wrote in her report, which noted that Officer Loehmann had no way of knowing Tamir’s gun was fake. “Rather, the relevant inquiry is whether a reasonable officer, confronting the exact same scenario under identical conditions could have concluded that deadly force was necessary.”
In my opinion, no fucking reasonable person, let alone officer, would have acted in that manner. In fact, I don’t need anything more to back that up than the girl in the video, apparently far more reasonable than the police, who saw Tamir and just kept walking.
And it doesn’t fucking matter what other people said they saw, anyway. What matters is what the cops saw. They drove in like cowboys, pulled up and shot Tamir dead before the car was even stopped. No attempt to assess the situation, no attempt to de-escalate the situation should they have assessed there was one, no attempt to ask to see his gun permit (which they would have done for a white man), nothing. They just drove right up and executed the kid.
We’re beyond unreasonable here by a wide margin here, beyond even unimaginable and outrageous. We’re beyond description for this.