The family attorney of the late Tamir Rice is calling out the city of Cleveland, along with police officials, after a court document was filed, that implied that the 12-year-old was responsible for his own death.
The court document was filed last week, which read that Tamir’s injuries “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant,” following his fatal death after being shot by police in a local park.
Walter Madison told The Washington Post of the documents:
“What they said is incredulous at best. It’s unbelievable,” said Walter Madison, one of the Rice family’s attorneys, during an interview with The Washington Post on Monday in which he said the city’s response was further evidence of police arrogance. “There are a number of things that we in society don’t allow 12-year-olds to do. We don’t allow them to vote, we don’t allow them to drink. In court we don’t try them as adults. They don’t have the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions.”
This week, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has issued an apology to the Rice family and the residents “for our poor use of words and our insensitivity.”
He continued his statement at a news conference:
“In an attempt to protect all of our defenses, we used words and we phrased things in such a way that was very insensitive,” he said at a news conference. “Very insensitive to tragedy in general, the family and the victim in particular.”
He also revealed that the city would be filing an amending court document that will use “more sensitive language.”
We are continuing to pray for the justice of Tamir Rice.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: NewsInc.