The shooting of Tamir Rice last month by an Ohio police officer for carrying a toy gun has been compared to Kyle Rittenhouse’s conviction for attempting to murder two people and injuring a third during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
According to several reports, Rittenhouse was found not guilty on Friday (Nov. 19), in which reckless endangerment, intentional homicide, reckless homicide and attempted first-degree attempted homicide Following his self-defense claim after killing two men with his AR-15, he can now live as a free man.
Rice, on the other hand, did not receive the same treatment that Rittenhouse received; Rittenhouse walked around Kenosha with his weapon in clear view. Timothy Loehmann, a former Cleveland police officer who died in 2014 after shooting a 12-year-old child in a local park, arrived at the park in seconds. Rice is alleged to have reached for a weapon in his waistband, says Loehmann. Apparently, it was a toy gun. In the end, the shooting was deemed justified, and the suspect was not charged with the death of the young boy.
Many Twitter users are reminiscing about Rice and calling attention to injustice in the U.S. justice system as Rittenhouse walks free. In a tweet, Broadcaster Erica Ayala stated, “Tamir Rice died for playing with a toy in the park.”. No trial has taken place. No arrest has been made. 12-year-old was shot in the head.
In response to a tweet that referred to Rittenhouse as “just a kid,” tweeter @AmayaEKelly responded by saying that Tamir Rice, who was younger than Rittenhouse, did not actually kill anybody.
THAIAFLOYD wrote on Twitter, “I’m thinking about little Tamir Rice and the toy gun he was playing with just seconds before he was shot by police. Several aspects of this justice system are systemically racist and beyond repair. “I am so enraged that I no longer get sad.”
Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, a CNN correspondent, wrote that the news was a stark reminder of inequity. “Rittenhouse murdered two men with an AR-15. A verdict of not guilty was given. Tamir Rice had a toy gun and was shot by police. Chris Belter raped four teenage girls. He did not receive a jail sentence. After serving decades in prison for the murder of Malcolm X that they didn’t commit, two men were exonerated.”
According to Lexi Underwood, “Privilege.”Tamir Rice lost his life because of a toy gun while Kyle Rittenhouse killed three people and then walked away a free man…”
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.