The City of Cleveland responded to a lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice by doing what governments often do: blaming the victim for the actions of the oppressor.
In their response, the City claimed that the injuries and subsequent death of Tamir Rice and his family “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant” and “by the failure … to exercise due care to avoid injury.”
In the full response, the City of Cleveland details 20 defenses but the overall conclusion is that Rice died due to “the conduct of individuals or entities other than Defendant.”
Walter Madison, an Akron attorney representing the Rice family, said Friday that he believes “that there’s merit in our complaint.”
“I do believe that a 12-year-old child died unnecessarily at the hands of Cleveland police officers and I do believe that certain officers shouldn’t have been entitled to wear the uniform,” he said.