This coming week would have been the 16th birthday of Tamir Rice. Freedom First international and it’s affiliates honor his life as we worked diligently both on the ground and nationally to help fight for justice.
The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy (June 25, 2002 – November 23, 2014), occurred on November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, responded after receiving a police dispatch call of a black male that “keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people”. A caller reported that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center. At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol “it’s probably fake”. Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated “he is probably a juvenile”.
However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch. The officers reported that upon their arrival, they both continuously yelled “show me your hands” through the open patrol car window. Loehmann further claimed that instead of showing his hands, it appeared as if Rice was trying to draw: “I knew it was a gun and I knew it was coming out”. In response, the officer shot twice, hitting Rice once in the torso. He died on the following day.
Freedom First International’s (FFI)- President Gregg L Greer worked with the family to organize a stronger media effort both on ground nationally and internationally. FFI also organized multiple rallies in Cleveland, Oh area and abroad to galvanize the public over the course of two years.
With powerful relations Freedom First International helped organize a legal team who worked separately from our advocacy effort to assist the family with successful civil litigation. Freedom First International even organized at the United Nations (UN) and hosted an event there to bring international attention to Tamir’s case.
We wish to thank all organizers and everyone in the community who stood on the front lines to fight against this unjustified case of injustice that took a promising young life. Our prayers remain with the family.
We pray for a world were children are safe from terror and oppression. Until then we will work towards Freedom.
Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others
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(For National Distribution-Sent June 16, 2018) 12:00 p.m. Central