Family of Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Andrew Joseph-Prepare for the United Nations Event-Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism
On the occasion of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invites, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNESCO, the Organisation de la Francophonie (tbc), A Black Lives Matters Initiative, and Amnesty International USA, to host a special event on Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide Tuesday, 3 November 2015 UN Secretariat Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, NYC-ECOSOC Chamber 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Guest-Include Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Mr. Harry Belafonte, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (Above)
Ms. Samira Rice, (Justice for Tamir Rice)- Mother of Tamir Rice who was fatally shot by police as a 12-year-old
Mr. John Crawford, (Justice for John Crawford) Father of John Crawford III who was fatally shot by police as a 22-year-old
Panelists International perspective: Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination.
Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Ms. Mireille Fanon -Mendes France, Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
Ms. Gay McDougall, Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Latin America and Caribbean perspective:
Ms. Cheryl Sterling, Ph.D., Director, Black Studies Program, The City College of New York.
Ms. Ramona Hernández, Ph.D., Director, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute & Professor of Sociology, The City College of New York
Mr. Steven W. Hawkins, Executive director of Amnesty International USA
Invited Special Guest:
Deanna Hardy-Joseph and Andrew Joseph- for The Justice for Andrew Joseph Foundation.org
Gwen Carr Mother of Eric Gardner and many more.
The Event is free to the public.
Bruce Knotts, UN Committee for Human Rights
Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International / Tamir Rice Justice Foundation
Jonathan Abady, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady LLC
and a host of Staff and Coordinators with the United Nations including, Amnesty International USA .
To attend, R.S.V.P. here: http://bit.ly/UN3Nov
For Immediate Release: Tamir Rice Family along with National/Local Activist to hold Press Conference Friday 10/16 at the Cleveland Justice Center
*****For Immediate Release*****
Tamir Rice Family along with National/Local Activist to hold Press Conference-Friday 10/16 at the Cleveland Justice Center
“I believe that in order for Cleveland to make sustainable change within its police department, and to improve trust within this community police officers that violate police protocol and procedures must be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.
We have remained diligent in our call for an arrest and indictment of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback; We Still Stand Firm In This Belief.”
Read more information:
◾Perceptions of People of Color and others of the Legal System
WHAT: Press Conference
WHERE: 1200 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44113 (Main Entrance)
WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015
WHO: National/ Local Advocacy and Family of Tamir Rice
Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor (Tamir Rice)
Yesterday, on October 10, 2015 The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office released a report to national media outlets with suggestions from two experts-Retired Virginia FBI agent Kimberly Crawford and Denver-area District Attorney S. Lamar Sims. According to the report -both are considered specialist in the use of force by police- who concluded that the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland officer was “tragic” and “heartbreaking,” but reasonably “justified,” given that the officer believed the boy to be armed.The specialist claimed-there can be no doubt that Rice’s death was tragic and, indeed, when one considers his age, heartbreaking “However, I conclude that Officer Loehmann’s belief that Rice posed a threat of serious physical harm or death was objectively reasonable as was his response to that perceived threat.” ,” Sims wrote in a 52-page analysis.
What is problematic and troubling in this report is-As reported they (specialist) only examined the constitutionality of Loehmann’s decision to open fire on the boy during their two-second encounter. I along with many others who have followed this case closely believe that if the alleged experts opinion was more fair (balanced)-then with their report they should have considered the following viewpoints:
- Either or both Retired Virginia FBI agent Kimberly Crawford and Denver-area District Attorney S. Lamar Sims, national experts on police use-of-force issues, each should have also included details as to whether Loehmann or his partner Frank Garmback violated Ohio Laws, made tactical mistakes or broke with department policy in the moments leading up to the shooting.
- The approach placed Loehmann “in a position of great peril” just feet from a potential gunman and with no cover, Sims wrote. Crawford acknowledged in her report that there were questions as to what, if any, commands Loehmann gave Tamir as the officers approached him. The question that is of utmost importance is- If the officers actions caused the downward progression of events that lead to Tamir’s shooting and ultimately his death-when presented all circumstances-then would it reasonable to conclude that the officers actions in this case were unjustified.
- Another question that must be asked is whether the officer’s actions with regards to what they do when in uniform is focused on their obligation to their “sworn” mission to improving public safety and the fulfillment of public service. To further, illustrate this point-let’s examine another critical question 1) Police said that Rice then reached into his waistband and pulled out the toy gun, and was then shot and killed by Officer Timothy Loehmann. The video shows that Rice did not pull out the toy gun. In the video, Rice is using both hands to hold his shirt up and expose the pellet gun to view just before he falls to the ground.
- Remember-all this direction was apparently given, to Tamir Rice in the two seconds before his shooting: this means that, 1) police would have rolled up on the recreation park gazebo 2) rolled down the window 3) Loehmann then jumps out of the car and immediately gives three orders to drop the alleged gun three times. 4) Loehmann then jumps out of the car and immediately shoots Rice from a distance of less than 10 feet (3.0 m). This all would have had to happen in 2 seconds at superhuman speed! Not very realistic!
The Rice family and Clevelanders have always said that they want the officers who rushed upon and killed 12-year-old Tamir held accountable. The family now believes that the prosecutor’s office has been on an 11-month quest to avoid providing that accountability. Any presentation to a grand jury—without the prosecutor advocating for Tamir—is a charade. To get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash—when the world has the video of what happened—is all the more alarming.
These supposed “experts”—all pro-police—dodge the simple fact that the officers rushed Tamir and shot him immediately without assessing the situation in the least. Reasonable jurors could find that conduct unreasonable. But they will never get the chance because the prosecutor is working diligently to ensure that there is no indictment and no accountability. Who will speak for Tamir before the grand jury? Not the prosecutor, apparently.”
Subodh Chandra Attorney for Tamir Rice Family
My last question is this a way of the Prosecutor co-signing with the Police Officers defense team to direct our minds toward this innocent 12 year olds justifiable homicide. Ultimately the one question that we must all ask is “who are you going to believe” Are we allowing these “alleged” experts to fuel a false narrative-that places these officers in a position to say the shooting of Tamir was justified, or can we as members of the public ask more of these officials including the Prosecutor of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty-who has suspiciously released alleged expert testimony prior to this case going to a grand jury? without reason!“We would hope that the community can come together and find every possible way to address the serious community violence, that we are now facing,”
We would ask that everyone possible look at this disturbing video and demand logical answers, as to why? Why did you shoot an innocent child who was playing in a park with a toy gun! Is report is propaganda, after reviewing the video, I would have to say, yes definitely!
Gregg L Greer, Advocate Lead-Tamir Rice Family
For Tamir Rice’s life- we have to change our condition and correct our broken system-and it has to happen, now not later! No more lies!
For More Reading
Tamir Rice’s Family asks for aggravated murder charge against Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann-Statement
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Tamir Rice’s Family asks for aggravated murder charge against Cleveland Officer Timothy Loehmann-Statement
I along with a growing number of people in communities around the country truly believe Tamir’s life was taken due to the careless-cold hearted actions of two individuals. We also believe it was truly bad police work,- many times citizen shootings have shown the officers seem likely to follow a “shoot first, ask questions later” strategy and these officers are rarely investigated and brought to justice. Tamir was only 12 years old when the Police Officer shot him- We are now calling for any/every good hearted human being to assist us in our effort to hold these officers to account for their wrong doing.
Source: Family Rice Family.
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[Mother of Tamir Rice to visit Chicago for Press Conference and Peace Walk]
[“Fight for Life” Initiative for Tamir Rice Justice Foundation]
Chicago, IL, Friday On 8-21-2015, The Mother of Tamir Rice (12-year-old shot/killed in Cleveland Ohio by Cleveland, Police), Samaria Rice and the Justice for Tamir “Lead Advisers” will conduct a Press Conference at Chicago City Hall (Details below),which will include a meeting with multiple civil rights activists in addition to the local mothers of children who have suffered from community violence. A significant part of the Tamir Rice Justice Foundation’s effort will be devoted to responding to growing violence toward children (youth) which is a primary reason for the visit.
Samaria Rice’s visit comes during a wave of local, national, and international protests as residents, activists and community leaders have taken to the streets to draw attention to what they say is a pattern of police abuse, mainly against African-Americans. According to Tio Hardiman Nation Team advisor, “We would hope that the community can come together and find every possible way to address the serious community violence, that we are now facing,” we have to change our condition it has to happen, now not later.”
“The recent deaths by police shootings and community violence … have brought to the surface some hugely important concerns about race, disparity in treatment, about use of force and, ultimately, about trust,” we must begin to connect the dots between Cleveland, Chicago, Texas, New York and other states, “our most urgent call must be for reform. The deaths of our youth must stop. Samaria Rice and the Tamir Rice Justice foundation wants to ensure that they do their part.” According to Gregg L. Greer Lead Advisor, Freedom First International, S.C.L.C.
Other Local activist that are is part of the Justice for Tamir Rice-National Advocacy Team include Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Camiella D. WIlliams, and Attorney Billy Joe Mills, Firm Equity, also supporting will be Chicago Activist Mark A Clements.
Amnesty International (members)
Stop Mass Incarceration Network
The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Freedom First International
McCormick Chamber of Commerce (CEDA)
Advocates for the Wrongly Convicted
The Press Conference will start at 10:00am on Friday August 21, 2015 at City Hall 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago Illinois 60602 on the second Floor.
Why the State of Ohio cannot say it has not played a part in the Murder of Tamir Rice, John Crawford and others. Part 1
Many Ohio locals believe blame should be directed at the BCI because in their words BCI is also largely responsible for the Whitewashing of the murder of John Crawford in a Walmart store in Beavercreek Ohio. In this situation Police were determined to kill a guy with a gun. Crawford was a 22-year-old African-American man shot to death by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams, while holding a toy BB gun. Police did not respond to an active shooter situation in either case and in both cases they killed young black men. On the positive side-As the public becomes more aware of both cases we are seeing support from notable people, one example “My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people,” said Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins (picture below).
In short, Governor Kasich’s action or lack thereof has made balancing the scales to bring justice to booth cases act even more difficult. He apparently has his own very strongly held, views on just how this thing ought to be handled. The Governor’s position as the lead executive of Ohio can be a resource and real instrument for change, if he truly wanted.
If there was a way of communicating with Governor Kasich- one position that he could take that would be sensible is to make Public statements that support reform- this alone would make a difference. There’s no reason why—that I can see—why, circumstances, terms and conditions that any of these simple suggestions couldn’t be worked out.
Governor Kasich needs to be held accountable for his weak Civil Rights Policy
Governor Kasich has also is launching what many feel will most likely be an unsuccessful bid for the US presidency on platforms that opposed the expansion of federal power and appeal to white populist sentiments. During each election cycle, he modified his racial views to suit the times. Despite his support for road construction, education, and industrial development, Kasich is known for his soft resistance to civil rights, limited economic vision, failure to reform the tax code, and total focus on campaigning, at the expense of running the state. Contact Governor Kasich to tell him-Stand Up for Justice!
Contact Information Governor John Kasich Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 Phone: (614) 466-3555 Lt.
Governor Mary Taylor Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 –
One other suggestion is that all investigations of local police homicides should be surrendered to an outside independent agency with Federal Government Influence, once done we could see far fewer “justified” tragedies. In any case – We need the Ohio Governor’s Office to propose true legislation itself will protect its citizens and not enable anyone to discriminate against anyone else, with no fear of government intervention or punishment. We need to send a clear message that “no one is above the law.” Simple communication from inside the community may greatly help attention to booth cases.
What You Can Do!
Facebook Page and support information for Tamir Rice.
Facebook Page and Petition for John Crawford.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rice Family releases statement on the Tamir Rice Case now going to the prosecutors office.
Rice Family releases statement on the Tamir Rice Case now going to the prosecutors office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Freedom First International June 05, 2015
CLEVELAND, Ohio–(Crime Wire)– This week the Cleveland Prosecutor has now received The Tamir Rice Police Shooting Case File, and with that in mind we issue the following statement:
“We stand extremely vigilant with our effort to bring justice to Tamir-while we understand that the investigation into the shooting death of Tamir Rice by The two Cleveland Police Officers- Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann has now been handed over to the Prosecutor Tim McGinty for review -in addition to the hand over of the file, we have been made aware that the Prosecutor may soon convene a grand jury. In any case, we want the world to know we stand firm in our efforts. We (family) will not stop with our level of commitment to bring justice for Tamir, and with that in mind- we wish to ask the officials who are investigating Tamir’s Case to be mindful and consider their sworn obligation and commitment to peace, social justice, and the civil rights of all.”
Please note-We have always maintained that, “Justice for Tamir,” has always been at the forefront of our agenda and it will continue to be our first priority.” In addition, “We are strong and focused throughout this process, and will not stop executing our plan to deliver to “Justice” those who are responsible for taking the life of my son Tamir Rice, said Samaria Rice-Mother of Tamir Rice.
We believe that many people from across the nation stand with us and in our call for “Justice for Tamir Rice,” and the city’s ongoing refusal to take responsibility and indict the officers, can only continue to spark more outrage in the local Cleveland Community and communities across our nation. In addition, we agree with the recent U.S. Department of Justice report that found the Cleveland Police Department to have a “pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force,” and has repeatedly violated the civil rights of local residents, and routinely fails to adequately investigate law enforcement for wrongdoing has added daily to the growing level of discontent.
We demand an end to police killings and institutional racism and declare that “Tamir’s life will always matter.” We are confident-that our actions will continue to create significant value in our fight for Tamir. For us as The family-The message has always been clear. No Justice-No Peace!
For More Media Information: Family Rice.
Source: Family Rice Family.
Gregg L Greer