“Tamir Rice” Sprayed Across Side of Indiana Business
Graffiti against police violence pops up in Indiana
A well-intentioned vandal painted “Tamir Rice” on the side of a business in Indiana that caters to children’s events. Chance Jeffries, the owner of Jump-N-Joey’s, first discovered the huge letters that were most like painted with a modified fire extinguisher, but he had no clue who Rice was until county deputies arrived and recognized the name. The 12-year-old boy was shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014, and his death, which was captured on video, is still a lightning rod for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Law enforcement believe the location was targeted for organizing an event to help show its support for local police. However, a defiant Jeffries said the graffiti won’t deter him and in a now deleted post on the company’s Facebook page, wrote: “We support and love the police. Tamir Rice is not being honored by vandalizing small business owners! So sad and angry.” That latter sentiment is undoubtedly shared by the Rice family, but about their child, not a defaced wall.