NYT says Tamir would be alive if he was white

Posted at 9:01 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 09:01:42-05

'Cleveland's Terrible Stain' is the title of the editorial released by the New York Times on Tuesday regarding the Tamir Rice case. 

The editorial begins with this statement:

Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2014.

The article continued, stating Tamir's misfortune was being black and poor in a city with police that have a history of misbehavior. 

The New York Times said Tamir's death was portrayed as a result of a tragic misunderstanding by the police department and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office after a Grand Jury decided to not indict the two officers involved in his fatal shooting.

Officials found a way to shift the blame for Tamir's death onto the 12-year-old himself, the New York Times said. 

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