Set the World on Fire Challenge – Day 3
Today Leonard Warner and Samaria Rice will lay their son to rest. On November 22, 2014, 12 year old Tamir Rice was fatally shot twice in the torso by Ohio police officer Timothy Loehmann. Shots were fired within two seconds of arriving at Cudell Recreation Center. Loehmann nor his partner Frank Garmback administered first aid to Tamir. They watched as he lay on the ground in agonizing pain. For over twenty four hours, Tamir suffered at MetroHealth Medical Center. He passed away on November 23, 2014, joining the countless list of victims of police brutality.
On November 24th, Cleveland officials announced that a grand jury would hear the case. The grand jury will decide if Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback will be charged for Tamir’s death. Two officers are carefree on administrative leave while another young soul is laid to rest.
Like most of the cases we have seen, the media has attempted to vilify a young boy and his parents. We could list the facts about this situation, plead Tamir’s case and call for protests and rallies for justice. Instead, we simply ask that you keep Tamir in the forefront of your mind and his family constantly in your thoughts today.
For today’s task of setting the world on fire, please take a moment out of your day to honor one of our bothers who has had his life prematurely taken away in the name of “protection and service.” Change your profile picture to a picture of Tamir on a social media outlet of your choice. We want the world to see the 12 year old face that was mistaken for a terrifying, 20 year old young man, brandishing a “gun” against a police officer.
It is our duty to cry out for Tamir and the countless others.
Donations to the Tamir Rice Memorial Fund can be made at any U.S. Bank location.