I wish I could say I’m surprised that there was no indictment in the Tamir Rice case. But I’m not. It has been obvious for a while that this was coming. It was obvious from the War on Cops bullshit that was trotted out every time the case was discussed (this year will end up being the second safest year for cops on record — behind 2013). It was obvious from the talk by prosecutors about how we could only judge the officers about what happened in those two seconds between when they jumped out of the car and when they shot him. It was obvious from the way no one cared that the officers’ initial statements were full of lies or that they left Rice to bleed to death after he was shot. It was obvious from when the prosecutors tapped Kim Crawford as their forensic expert — a woman who once said shooting an unarmed woman carrying a baby through the head was justified. It was obvious from the statements about Tamir Rice’s father (and today’s statements about Rice himself).
And that’s really the point. We’re no longer surprised when two officers — one of which had a settled excessive force complaint; one of whom resigned from another police job because of his emotional instability — roll up in a car, give a 12-year old boy two seconds to react before gunning him down, leave him to bleed to death like a dog, arrest his sister and have a grand jury decided that it was all justified. That’s where we are on law enforcement accountability. We’re lucky they’re not getting medals.
Let’s just hope the protests are peaceful.