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If Tamir was alive, he’d probably be doing something with sports. That little boy was so athletic at an early age. I’m not sure what kind of athlete he would have been. We didn’t really have a chance to have a lot of those conversations. He would be 18 and have graduated high school by now.
Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, has spoken to ABC news about her life since her son was killed. Tamir Rice was 12 when he was shot dead by a white police officer in2014 while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tamir is in high demand and I’m his voice, so that keeps me really busy in wanting to give back to the community with his foundation, and things that I’m doing with the platform that I have – the platform that America has provided me. They provided it for me because they murdered my son. I’m still being a mom, a grandmother and I’m always going to be fighting for police reform, dismantling the whole system.
Chris McGreal has been in Milwaukee for looking at one of the battleground states for November’s election – Wisconsin. Donald Trump won the state by just 23,000 votes in 2016, and his team opened an office in Milwaukee on Martin Luther King drive.
But the Trump campaign’s best laid plans to appeal to Black voters in the state have been disrupted by two huge changes to American life in the last couple of months. As McGreal puts it:
Covid-19 has shattered the illusion that Trump could take significant numbers of African American votes following his hostility to the Black Lives Matters movement in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic – which has had a disproportionate impact on communities of colour – has also been a factor.