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Tamir Rice's Mother Calls for White America to Care More About Police Killings of Black People

Samaria Rice addressed the crowd at commemoration of Kent States May 4th shootings today.
Samaria Rice addressed the crowd at commemoration of Kent States May 4th shootings today.
Samaria Rice addressed the crowd at commemoration of Kent States May 4th shootings today.
Credit KEVIN NIEDERMIER / WKSU
Samaria Rice addressed the crowd at commemoration of Kent States May 4th shootings today.

Kent State University commemorated the46thanniversary of the May 4th shootingstoday by looking at the issue of unarmed black people being shot by police.

The event’s keynote speaker wasSamaria Rice,whose sonTamirwas killed by a Cleveland police officer who thought the replica gun he was holding was real.

In 1970, four Kent State students were killed and nine others wounded by Ohio National Guard soldiers during a war protest.

Ten days later, two were killed by police during protests at Jackson State in Mississippi.

Sponsors of the Kent State commemoration say deaths like this by any government force -- state troops or city police -- are the same. Samaria Rice told the crowd of more than a thousand that this needs to change.

“They really need to start giving us accountability for the murders of our son. You’re using deadly

A crowd of more than 1,000 attended today's May 4th commemoration at Kent State University
A crowd of more than 1,000 attended today's May 4th commemoration at Kent State University

force as a first resort. I don’t understand why you have theTasersand the beanbags. Did we waste our money for that? Taxpayer’s money for that?”

A grand jury decided not to indict the officers involvedTamirRice’s killing. His mother said she is starting a foundation named for her son to help young people with their education.

The family recently received a $6 million settlement from the city of Cleveland.

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