CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – 75 high school graduates graduated in Cleveland on Friday night, but class member Tamir Rice was missing.
Samaria Rice would give anything to see her son on this stage with the rest of the 2021 class.
“That would have meant what he was going to do next in life, right, and he could have been anything, and I just don’t know,” Rice said.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District presented her honorary degree to Tamir’s mother on Friday.
“It’s very moving, for one I only have the image of a 12 year old child, who is my son, and I don’t know what he would have looked like as a young adult, teenager or something like that, so it’s very emotional but happy to have been able to share this moment with the kids like I said, ”said Riz.
Tamir was shot dead by Cleveland Police in 2014. It happened at the Cudell Recreation Center playground after witnesses told police they saw the African-American boy wield a gun that appeared to be authentic; it was a toy. Tamir died from a gunshot wound a day later. He was only 12 at the time.
“I’m glad the CMSD schools haven’t forgotten this, and now I have four high school graduates being single parents, so I want to thank CMSD because it means everything to me,” Rice said.
Fast forward seven years, and he would have graduated from high school
“Tamir has become an icon of police violence in America,” said Eric Gordon, CEO of CMSD. “His name has been recognized time and time again in the national debate on police reform and a growing reminder every day that his life and all black lives matter.”
After all these years, Tamir’s mother is still fighting for justice for her son.
“Well, back to work for me,” Rice said. “Sadly I’m in the city of Cleveland and fighting for civilian oversight to be implemented and I just really want to galvanize the community and let them know how important it is to have this civilian oversight. I’m one of the more secure Cleveland citizens, and you know I had no idea the consent decree had been here four times, so there must be a change in this city from all the corruption that has taken place though. before me, and you were born.
If you want to follow Rice’s fight for justice, you can follow her campaign justice page on Facebook.
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