Smear Campaign Begins Against 12-Year-Old Killed By Cops
After the police shooting of Tamir Rice, the Northeast Ohio Media Group published a report claiming Rice’s father has a history of domestic violence. Kelly Conaboy at Gawker points out how this is an attempt to smear the family if not the boy, himself.
Although it never explains the significance of this fact, it is preceded by an update:
(Update: A line has been added to this story to give insight into the motivation to investigate the parents’ background)
That line—added after the fact, presumably due to questions about the article’s relevance—doesn’t give the insight promised: “People from across the region have been asking whether Rice grew up around violence.” Oh, have they?
Assuming it is true that “people from across the region” have been asking whether a child mistakenly killed by police while holding a toy “grew up around violence” (and there is obviously interest in the answer, seen in the incredible amount of social sharing), it is hard—impossible, really—to justify taking seriously, and acting upon, the clear search for blame in an innocent child.[su_csky_ad]