The Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson released an official apology after the Cleveland court filed a document that stated that 12-year-old Tamir Rice was the cause of his death. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the case, Rice was shot and killed in November of last year when a Cleveland police officer mistakenly perceived a toy gun that Rice had in his possession was real and shot the boy to death. According to CNN, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson stated that “ We did something that … is hurtful to the family, that is disrespectful to them and the victim as well as the city of Cleveland”.
He also went on to state that the “The wording in the legal filing, Jackson said, was standard language used in legal defense, and the insensitivity was not intended. But now the city will be rewording its filing.” The Rice family did responded to the Mayor’s apology through their attorney Benjamin Crump who told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that the Rice family maintains that Mayor Jackson’s words simply were not sufficient. “I don’t want him just to apologize for the poor word use and the grammatical phrases. I want him to apologize for the death of this 12-year-old child, one of his citizens, at the hands of what we believe were police officers who were improperly trained.”