Tamir Rice's Mom Wants 'Justice,' Lives in Shelter

And family of boy shot by cops refuses to halt civil lawsuit
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2015 5:29 PM CDT
Mom of Boy Shot by Cops Moves Into Homeless Shelter
In this March 3, 2015 file photo, Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer, talks about the family's lawsuit against the city in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Five months is long enough, they say, and they're not willing to wait. The family of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police last year while carrying a toy gun—said today they won't hold off their civil lawsuit, the Washington Post reports. "The incident has shattered the life of the Rice family," says the motion they filed in court. And Tamir's mother, Samaria, "has since been forced to move to a homeless shelter because she could no longer live next door to the killing field of her son." The family also says it's incurring expenses and held off burying Tamir in case more medical examinations are needed. What's more, a delay could hurt their case as eyewitness recollections grow old and cloudy, the New Republic reports.

The city had asked them to shelve their suit pending a sheriff's criminal investigation. That way, the officers involved—Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback—could avoid giving answers in the federal, civil-rights investigation that might incriminate them in the more high-stakes criminal case. But Samaria Rice pushed back at a press conference today, the Plain Dealer reports, saying, "I want to know how long do I have to wait for justice?" The family's decision came during a day-long break in another police shooting case in Cleveland, involving an officer who killed two unarmed people after a car chase. It also comes on the heels of the Baltimore riots. A reverend at today's presser urged about 60 protesters present not to make Cleveland "another Baltimore," but some protesters shouted back, "They got it right in Baltimore." (More police shooting stories.)

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