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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Ohio Democrats Demand Department of Justice Reopen Civil Rights Investigation Into Shooting Death of Tamir Rice

Apr 23, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), alongside U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (OH), penned a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland today urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to immediately reopen its civil rights investigation into Tamir Rice’s death.

On November 22, 2014, Rice was playing in a park in Cleveland, Ohio, when someone called the police on him, an experience all too familiar for Black Americans. Officers arrived on the scene to find Rice playing with a toy gun by himself in the middle of a park. Within moments, an officer fired upon Rice, striking and killing the 12-year-old boy. Standing by himself in the middle of a park, Rice did not pose an imminent threat of bodily harm.

Tamir Rice should be alive today,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter. “The DOJ’s investigation into the officer that killed Tamir was not completed by the end of President Obama’s term, and the Trump Administration abruptly closed the investigation in 2020, providing very little insight or information about the process. Justice delayed is justice denied, and accountability for Tamir Rice’s death has been delayed for more than six years.”

The lawmakers’ full letter to DOJ can be viewed on Beatty’s website.

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