The public viewing of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer a week ago, is Sunday from noon to 7 pm
The viewing will be at the Gaines Funeral Home, 9116 Union Ave. Tamir’s funeral service is Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 7510 Woodland Ave.
Tamir was shot last Saturday afternoon outside Cudell Recreation Center by a rookie policeman, who apparently thought Tamir had a real weapon with him and not a toy gun. The child died in a hospital Sunday morning.
Tamir’s death has sparked community demonstrations against the shooting as well as public meetings to talk about gun violence and police relations.
On Tuesday around 3 p.m., protesters filled Public Square in response to the recent killing of 12-year-old Cleveland boy Tamir Rice and the lack of an indictment in Ferguson, MO. The growing crowd then walked onto the shoreway, blocking traffic between West 3rd and East 9th Streets. The group chanted “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” They also chanted “No justice! No peace!” and “Whose streets? Our streets!”
Chief of Police Calvin Williams was on the scene with multiple units responding.
“People need to remain calm and be peaceful,” said Williams. “Please be mindful and respectful of Cleveland police officers.”
Hundreds of protesters had a united front, encouraging others to “link up and stay late.” Cleveland Police lined the perimeter, letting it play out. Police called in a sheriff’s bus, among other units, in case of mass arrests. At no point did police bring out riot gear.
“It’s showing everyone we’re not scared to risk our lives for people who lost their lives innocently by the police,” said one demonstrator.
Around 5:30 p.m., protesters starting leaving the shoreway after blocking traffic for more than an hour. Around 6:45 p.m. police reopened the shoreway. Many vehicles stuck in traffic beeped their support.
After leaving the shoreway, the crowd headed back to Public Square, where many made speeches among the chants.
“There’s sadness, there’s anger, and there’s hope,” said one protester.
A vigil and march was held Friday, Nov 28 by the Black Man Army (BMA.) The group called for all men to join in on a march where they canvassed the neighborhood around East 92nd Street and Wade Park. The group passed out flyers asking for information.
“We are out here ourselves going door-to door and putting up fliers and talking to people,” said one marcher.
They ended the march at the home to rally with the family and friends of the victims.
“Meet us out here we want 500 men out here, we want 1,000 men out here, all you gotta do is stand up-stand up!” said another marcher.
BMA said they will do this every week until the gunman is found. They also said this is only the beginning and they want the community to join them.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – A day after LeBron James responded on Twitter to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, James said such shootings have to stop.
“In some way, shape or form that has to stop from a pedestrian with a firearm or a cop with a firearm,” James said following Cavaliers practice Tuesday, referring to the Ferguson shooting and the Trayvon Martin shooting from two years ago. “It’s a sensitive subject and it’s a thing that we just can’t continue to go through.”
Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were shot 137 times by Cleveland police officers in 2012 following a massive chase that started when a cop believed Russell fired a gun from his car. Not only did Russell not fire a weapon, but he and Williams were unarmed. They were also black and the officers were white. (Memorial will be held Saturday November 29th 2014. 6pm at the location of the incident in East Cleveland.)