Samaria Rice, the mother of a Cleveland teenager who was shot and killed by police last November, has “been forced to move to a homeless shelter because she could no longer live next door to the killing field of her son,” according to a court motion filed on Monday. The estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police in a Cleveland park after he was seen branding a realistic-looking pellet gun, has filed a civil suit against the city of Cleveland and the two officers involved in the shooting. Attorneys for the estate are asking the court to deny a motion to hold off the civil suit while the criminal investigation continues.
Citing delays in the investigation, lawyers for Rice say the court must allow the case to proceed before the investigation is complete because of the important symbolic nature of the case. “The shooting of unarmed African-American males (in this case child) by police officers has become the leading social justice issue of international concern.” They add that “peaceful protestations” have developed in major cities across the county and therefore “there is paramount public concern about this proceedings as opposed to any other excessive force type case.”