This difference, of how our society perceives black and white children is what makes the juxtaposition of Couch and Rice particularly compelling. The individuals within the cogs of the criminal justice system examining the liability of Officers Loehmann and Garmback in the death of Tamir Rice absolved them of responsibility in Rice's tragic death.
Tamir Rice was not on trial, but he might as well have been.
The decision came more than a year after the boy was killed while playing in a Cleveland park.
Statements from the two cops involved are so short that one doesn't even mention Tamir was shot.
Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.