The Tamir Rice decision: I don't understand, I don't understand, I don't understand. How is it that stupidity and incompetence allow a police department to evade the consequences of officers' and dispatchers' actions? In general, citizens aren't cleared of murder because they didn't mean to murder someone or murdered that person because they got false information about the situation. How can this case be an exception? I don't understand.
I am sitting here, drinking Christmas coffee, wrapped in my new red bathrobe, as the falling snow settles gently onto branches and roofs. This child's parents are answering the telephone and dreading reporters, and their hearts are packed with lead.
I also was the mother of a twelve-year-old boy who took the orange tip off a toy gun. He was a goof, and he had dumb ideas, but he is white and he played alone in the forest. And nobody killed him.