CHICAGO (CBS) — The mother of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy who was killed by police last year was in Chicago on Friday, for a series of meetings, marches, and protests about alleged police misconduct.
At her press conference at City Hall in Chicago on Friday, Samaria Rice was asked what she hopes to accomplish in Chicago.
“I really just want justice for my son, and justice for all,” she said.
A Cleveland police officer shot and killed Rice’s 12-year-old son, Tamir, on Nov. 22. Police were responding to a call about a person with a gun outside a city recreation center, and saw Tamir holding what turned out to be a pellet gun. The officers reported Rice reached toward a gun in his waistband, and shot him in the chest. He died the next day.
Prosecutors are reviewing a sheriff’s department investigation into Tamir’s death, and will decide if criminal charges should be filed against the rookie police officer who shot Tamir. The shooting helped spark growing racial tensions regarding police treatment of African Americans; Tamir was black, and the officer who shot him – patrolman Timothy Loehman – is white.
Her lawyer, Billy Joe Mills, said police respond to conflict with violence, rather than love.
“That psychology and mentality trickles down into the minds of young people,” he said.