I got nothing but tears and rage right now. This boy was executed and lied about. His murders not only walk free, but with badges and jobs intact. Tamir’s mother and sister will have that wound, that loss, for the rest of their lives.
All because our children, our black children, are never treated like children. A 12-year-old with a toy gun becomes a dangerous armed suspect in the eyes of our racist police system. And that system becomes judge, jury and executioner in a matter of seconds. SECONDS.
Look at this child. LOOK AT HIM.
I don’t care if he was tall, I don’t care if the gun didn’t have some sort of “I’m not real” indicator. I don’t care. THIS IS A CHILD. And now he is dead, and will have no real justice for his murder.
We have failed him. As a country, we have failed Tamir.
I’m sorry, kid. I’m so sorry.