BLM activist Shaun King BLASTED by Tamir Rice's mom who says he's a 'white man acting black'
BLM activist Shaun King has been blasted by Tamir Rice's mom who says he is a "white man acting black."
Samaria Rice said she "never gave him permission to raise nothing” following her son's death after King shared details of a conversation the pair had.
Rice posted to Instagram on Tuesday: "Why do you think its so important to tell folks we had a conversation?
"Well we talked and everything that was said was very toxic and uncomfortable for me to hear that you raised additional money and then say you did not want to bother me.
"Personally I don't understand how you sleep at night. I never gave you permission to raise nothing."
Rice had accused King of being self serving in an interview with The Cut in May last year and called him and other high-profile activists "ambulance chasers" in a March statement.
She said then: "You supposed to be uplifting the family, the community, teaching us how to love on each other, not bickering and fighting about who is going to get the next case or who is going to be on TV next. It’s a mess."
On Tuesday she wrote: "Along with the United States, you robbed me for the death of my son. All lies Shaun, please stop thinking we on the same page.
"As a white man acting black you are an imposter that can not be trusted. My son was 12 years old and… DOJ needs to reopen his case period. Tamir Human rights was violated, why would you so ever make it about you?
"You are a selfish self centered person and God will deal with you White man."
Tamir, 12, was shot dead by police in November 2014 while he played with a pellet gun.
The Department of Justice announced in December last year that federal criminal charges will not be brought against two Cleveland police officers in connection with the killing.
In April the boy's family asked the Justice Department to reopen the investigation into his death.
King has face repeated questions regarding his ethnicity.
He had previously said his mother told him "the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned Black man."
A now deleted description of King's podcast said his chat with Rice had been "much needed," Newsweek reports.
It read: "I learned a lot. Listened a lot. Shared my heart. And pledged we would continue to fight to get justice and accountability for Tamir."
King's team told Newsweek to refer his post following Rice's comments.
In that King wrote: "She [Samaria] acknowledged that she was aware that I had written articles about Tamir across the years and had raised money for her family, but it was in that part of the conversation that I truly came to understand a central mistake that I had made with her.
"For the past 7 years, I have left Samaria Rice alone.
"I don’t do press conferences. I don’t do photo ops or photoshoots. I don’t do news interviews. I generally don’t even speak at rallies or events. I just put my head down and do the work.
"Sadly, people have lied to Samaria about me and about the fundraising I have done for her family. I’ll never fully know their intentions, but I am going to take time here to detail it all for you."
Rice had said in May: "I ain't never talked to Shaun King a day in my life."
Rice was playing with the pellet gun outside a recreation center in Cleveland, Ohio, when white police Officer Timonthy Loehmann shot and killed him seconds after getting to the scene.
In a statement on the decision, the department did not condone the cops’ actions, but said that there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute the officers on federal criminal civil rights.
Officers Loehmann and Frank Garmback were dispatched to the recreation center after a man drinking beer as he waited for a bus called 911 and said a “guy” was pointing a gun.
The caller said the person appeared to be a juvenile and that the gun could be “fake,” but the dispatcher did not pass that information onto Loehmann and Garmback.
The officers said that Rice reached for the toy gun before he was shot and that they demanded several times that he put up his hands.
Prosecutors said that Rice’s arm positions in the grainy video appeared to be near his waist, but “his hands are not visible in the video and it cannot be determined from the video what he was doing.”
The video, which does not have sound, “does not show detail or perspective,” prosecutors said.
As a result, prosecutors were not able to determine whether Rice was or wasn’t reaching for the pellet gun before he was shot, the Justice Department said.
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