Tamir Rice’s killer cop not indicted
A grand jury declined to indict the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on a playground in Cleveland just a split second after exiting his police car. The prosecutor, Timothy McGinty, held a press conference where he sounded more like a defense attorney than a prosecutor. He said it would be unjust to indict the “reasonable” officer, that the video evidence was “indisputable” (it’s not), and that he had personally recommended to the grand jury that they not indict. While he was at it, he blamed Tamir Rice for his own death; reminding us that he was tall for his age, that he’d been warned carrying a toy gun would get him into trouble, and that his attempt to hand his toy over to the very reasonable cops appeared aggressive. So the cops were reasonable to shoot him dead.