Cher, Questlove & More Artists React to Tamir Rice Ruling
An Ohio grand jury decided on Monday (Dec. 28) that the two Cleveland officers involved in the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice would not be indicted, sending many artists to speak out on social media.
Singer Cher spoke her piece, tweeting, "ANOTHER“NOT SO GRAND” GRAND JURY.TAMIR RICE’S DEATH WAS TRAGEDY OF ERRORS,INCOMPETENCE& TOTAL DISREGARD OF A 12YR OLD CHILDS HUMAN RIGHTS."
The Associated Press reports officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback could be disciplined after what Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty called a "perfect storm of human error," adding, "mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police." Loehmann, an officer-in-training, fatally shot Rice on Nov. 22 outside a Cleveland recreation center after seeing him with a pellet gun.
Rice's family also issued a statement, saying they "saddened and disappointed by this outcome -- but not surprised," according to CNN.
See more reactions to the no indictment ruling below.
ANOTHER“NOT SO GRAND” GRAND JURY.TAMIR RICE’S DEATH WAS TRAGEDY OF ERRORS,INCOMPETENCE& TOTAL DISREGARD OF A 12YR OLD CHILDS HUMAN RIGHTS.— Cher (@cher) December 28, 2015
Many youth feel the USA govt is treating Black Lives Matter like the ISIS hype.The Gestapolike atmosphere is co-signing that vibe #TamirRice— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 28, 2015
No. For Just...us No Indictment For Cops Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice https://t.co/CU32AUeGS0— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) December 28, 2015
No indictment in #TamirRice case. 12 years old. Unarmed. Why? Why?!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 28, 2015
JUSTICE FOR TAMIR!!!!!— KXNG CROOKED (@CrookedIntriago) December 28, 2015
I will never expect the criminal justice system to bring any justice for victims of police murder.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 29, 2015
And y'all wonder why black folks have the audacity to take to the streets and say that our lives should matter.— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 29, 2015