Mother of Tamir Rice releases book to show children how to interact with police

(Ohio) – Samaria Rice, the mother of a 12-year-old fatally shot by police in Cleveland is releasing a guide to show children how to interact with police.

Samaria Rice teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union to create the Tamir Rice Safety Handbook.

Tamir, a black 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer in November 2014. The shooting occurred after police were called to a recreation center in the city on reports of an individual with a gun. Rice had been playing with a pellet gun and was shot by an officer who thought it was a real firearm.

The officer was cleared of criminal wrongdoing. Rice’s family reached a $6 million settlement with the city in 2016.

The six-page booklet offers information for children and teenagers regarding how to interact with the police. The book details information on asserting their rights in different scenarios with law enforcement including being questioned out in public to having officers respond to their homes.

The book can be read here.

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