Yesha Callahan

Tamir Rice’s Mother ‘Mad as Hell’ About Grand Jury Decision

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Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria, has every right to be upset. And over the weekend she spoke about against the city’s legal system and about a Cleveland grand jury’s decision not indict the white police officer who shot her unarmed son to death in November 2014.

Rice was at home when she received the news that no charges would be filed against Timothy Loehmann, the cop who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir at a park.

“I’m mad as hell,” she told MSNBC on Saturday morning. “Due to the corrupt system, I have a dead child.”

Following the grand jury decision on December 28, prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a press conference that Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmack, who will also not face charges, responded to a report of a “potential active shooter situation.” He went on to say that hadn’t been informed by the dispatcher that a witness said that Rice was likely playing with a gun that was “probably fake.”

The grand jury cited a lack of criminal misconduct evidence in the decision to not prosecute the two Cleveland officers involved in Tamir’s death.

In a statement, the Rice family said that they were “not surprised” by the verdict. “It has been clear for months now that Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment,” the statement read.

“I feel like breath has been taken from my body once again,” Samaria Rice told MSNBC, she also said that Loehmann had failed in his duties as a police officer, and was “unstable.”

Rice family attorney Jonathan Abady said that “there’s a historical issue with prosecutors being unable to police and prosecute their own because of the alliance that develops between and police and prosecutors.”


  1. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    Terrible. This woman is in pain.

  2. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    she should be mad, she needs to use the platform to urge people to vote out the current crooks that robbed her of justice (prosecutor, mayor, police chief), that’s the ONLY way change can come, vote in people that have YOUR best interests at heart, vote in elected officials that MIRROR your neighborhood.

    • January 4, 2016 - Reply


      I agree with you Sister.

  3. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    Sister Samaria Rice have every right to be angry at a tyrannical system where the police readily killed black people with impunity. Many prosecutors in such incidents are heavily acting in favor of the police murderers instead of being independent implementers of justice. From the unacceptable delay of medical aid given to Tamir Rice, from the police tackling Tamir Rice’s sister, and to the overt manipulation of the grand jury, we are unfortunately not surprised at the non indictment of that killer cop Loehmann (who murdered a black child in less than 3 seconds). It is obvious that in a capitalist system, the police system protects the interests and power base of the oligarchy not massively defending the just call for Black Lives Matter. The Cleveland Police Department for years and decades have been found to enact corrupt policies. We should vote for independent prosecutors, lawmakers, etc. Also, we should stand up for the human rights of our people.

    • January 4, 2016 - Reply

      Well said Brotha! can or will she sue for civil damages?? since we know criminal negligence has been tossed out.

      • January 4, 2016 - Reply


        She can sue for civil damages theoretically I think. Certainly, as you have stated, laws must be changed, and new policies must be in existence.

        • January 4, 2016 - Reply

          absolutely & thnx

          • January 4, 2016 - Reply


            You’re Welcome Sister.

  4. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    The outcome was unjust and it makes many of in the black community angry.

  5. January 4, 2016 - Reply

    I have such a hard time with this and all the other time innocents black men/boys are killed by these cops because I have little boys. I don’t contribute many comments because this makes my heart ache too much.

  6. January 8, 2016 - Reply

    She should not be mad as hell. She should be the fury that fuels hell itself. No words can describe what she and her family feel. Do not give up Samaria, we stand behind you sister ✊❤️‍. May your guardian Angel Rest in peace.

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