Once again in Ohio, a young black boy was killed, for playing with a toy gun. No sooner than the incident was announced, people took to social media to victim blame. In America, Black boys are not allowed to just be kids without being seen as a threat.
As The Root reported:
With little more than a shadow of evidence, many of these same people have already committed themselves to the narrative that Tyre was guilty of having committed an armed robbery, that he ran from police and that he then attempted to brandish a BB gun against armed police officers.
No arrest. No due process. No trial—just guilty. (By the way, if he was found guilty of an armed robbery, he absolutely would never receive the death penalty. So, there’s that.)
No body-camera video of the event.
The purported 911 call has no mention of Tyre pulling out a gun on the officers.
Tyre King was killed for something that most kids did. How many of you played Cowboys and Indians, or played with cap guns?
The 911 caller did not mention anything about pulling the gun. This aspect of the case reminds me of the Tamir Rice murder back in 2014 in Cleveland. Tamir Rice was a 12 year old boy, who was playing with a toy BB gun in a park. The 911 caller explicitly stated he was a child, yet the dispatcher did not relay that information to officers. She stated Tamir was a Black man with a gun.
The autopsy of Tyre King shows that he was fleeing when he was shot. Sean Walton of Walton-Brown Law Firm writes:
Tyre’s family was denied the opportunity to see Tyre at the hospital on the night of his death. The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has since completed its autopsy, but has told the family that those results will not be available for about six to eight weeks.
In search of answers, the family retained Francisco J. Diaz, MD, FCAP, who serves as a practicing medical examiner in the County of Wayne, Michigan, as a Consultant Forensic Pathologist. Dr. Diaz examined Tyre’s body in Columbus, Ohio on September 18, 2016 . Dr. Diaz was asked to evaluate the number, the physical characteristics and the location of any gunshot wounds Tyre suffered in his death.
Dr. Diaz determined that Tyre King suffered three gunshot wounds with entrance paths on the left side of his body, any of which could be determined to have been the cause of death. Tyre suffered a gunshot wound of entrance on the left temple that passed left to right and slightly downward and exited through the right temple. The entrance wound was above the left ear and the exit wound was in front of the right ear. Tyre also suffered a gunshot wound to the left collarbone area. Lastly, he suffered a gunshot wound to the left flank. There is an exit wound on the right flank.
Dr. Diaz explains: “Based on the location and the direction of the wound paths it is more likely than not that Tyre King was in the process of running away from the shooter or shooters when he suffered all three gunshot wounds.” Dr. Diaz describes Tyre as a “small-framed adolescent boy, standing 5’0” and weighing less than 100 lbs.”
So let me get this straight, How did he put the officers lives in danger, or pull the “gun” on them, while he was running away from them?
The Root continues with:
The insidious trick that white supremacy has played on us has been to make too many of us skeptical about the innocence of our own. Too many of us are more comfortable accepting the narrative that Tyre was a thug who pulled a gun on cops than even beginning to ponder the idea that the account of events we’ve been given—sans any video or independent sources—might be suspect.If there were as many folks—white and black—who were as deeply invested in justice for all as there are those affirming a white supremacist narrative under the guise of respectability, our community would likely be in a very different space.Did Tyre rob a store? That’s probably a great question. Sadly, we will never know. Because instead of a trial, his parents will now have to attend his funeral and bury their child. Instead of a defense attorney, they will need to call a mortician. Instead of treating him as a human being, police have now turned a 13-year-old innocent boy into a hashtag.