On the heels of a grand jury decision to indict or not indict Darren Wilson (police officer who killed unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson), many in Ohio are outraged after the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice who had a toy gun. The child was shot by Cleveland police on Saturday outside of a recreation center and died on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
On August 5, 2014, 22 year old John Crawford was shot holding a toy BB gun while shopping inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio (suburb of Dayton). Similiar to the case of John Crawford, Tamir Rice did not point or threaten police. Ohio is an open carry state.
More Examples of Excessive Force in Ohio
- On November 13, 2014 Tanesha Anderson, mentally ill woman recently died after being slammed on the concrete by police in Cleveland.
- On November 29, 2012, unarmed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams who were shot by Cleveland, Ohio police 137 times.