Tamir Rice’s mother helped create a youth safety manual on interactions with police

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In this May 2018 photo, Samaria Rice – Tamir Rice’s mother – poses in Cleveland.


Five years after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer, his mother approached the American Civil Liberties Union in Ohio with an idea.

Samaria Rice wanted to create a safety manual to help guide young people in their interactions with police, ACLU Ohio said on Facebook.

“Even when you do everything right, things can still go wrong,” the organization said.

The “Tamir Rice Safety Manual,”An 8-page online guide, includes sections on what to do if the police stop you, ask you to questions, wanting to search or start stopping.

“Be aware that the police can lie and ask trick questions,” the manual says. “If they tell you that they’ve already spoken to your friend, or that you won’t be arrested if you do, they may be lying.”

Its pages are colorful: bright yellow, red, blue and green boxes and symbols fill the pages.

This was done on purpose to make it regarding children, Melekte Melaka, head of campaigns for the ACLU, told CNN affiliate WJW.

“We hope this is a guide that is accessible to young people, gives them constructive tools, keeps Tamir’s memory alive and showcases Samaria’s incredible work, all of those things,” Melaka told TV Channel. ‘information.

Samaria Rice introduced the guide last week at a commemoration of her son’s life, hosted by the Tamir Rice Foundation, which she founded.

“I was pushed into this life,” she said, according to the affiliate. “This is not the life I have chosen. It is God’s plan.

In 2014, then-Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice, who was holding a toy pistol replica.

A witness had called 911 to report that someone was brandishing a gun in a park. The caller told the dispatcher the person was “probably a minor” and the gun was “probably fake,” the records showed.

But the operator never shared these details with responding agents and was subsequently suspended for eight days without pay.

Video footage showed Loehmann, then a trainee, arriving in a patrol car driven by Officer Frank Garmback. The car approached Rice and less than two seconds later Loehmann shot the boy.

The two officers both said in written statements in 2015 that they believed Rice was pulling a real pistol from her belt. A grand jury refused to indict either officer.

Loehmann was fired in 2017 because investigators found he was not telling the truth about his work history when he applied for the job, officials said. Garmback has been suspended.

In 2016, the city of Cleveland settled a federal lawsuit filed by Rice’s family for $ 6 million.