Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014. The police were responding to a call about a young man with a gun. After Tamir was killed, it was discovered that he was playing with a toy gun. He was only twelve years old.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the controversial young man who shot three people during protests in Kenosha, WI was recently found not guilty on all counts related to the incident. Rittenhouse claimed he had driven to a state he didn’t live in to protect the city from violent protesters. In the wake of that verdict, Tamir Rice’s mother is lashing out. Samira Rice spoke to TMZ on her thoughts about the verdict.
“I’m very annoyed about how minor a white little boy is not in jail for the murder of other people, and that’s just not right. That’s not right. And his mother should go to jail, too, because why would you give him a gun? Isn’t he a minor?
…You knew he was going to a protest. What did you think he was going to do? He wasn’t helping out the police. He killed innocent people, and for that right there, he should be in jail…
…So, at the end of the day, this country needs to be overthrown. This is pitiful. Where in this country have we seen somebody pick their own jury? Is we still on planet earth?”
Rice is one of many grieving mothers who has lost a child too young to gun violence. Her emotional reaction is to be expected. Regardless of her opinion, though, Kyle Rittenhouse was declared a free man by a Wisconsin jury. You can watch Samira Rice’s reaction to TMZ below.