CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It has been exactly two years since 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland police. Tuesday, his family and supporters spent the day holding a sit-in outside the First District Police Headquarters.
While chanting, “We got to fight back” and “No justice, no peace," a few dozen protesters blocked traffic in front of the police station for a while, as they marked the second anniversary of the fatal police-involved shooting.
"Two years too long; I have no justice ... many, many sleepless nights," said Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice.
Rice joined the demonstrators on the steps of the police station. Some arrived as early as 6:00 a.m.
"There's no reason why we should have dead babies in the state of Ohio or in this country which y'all call America ... I'm disgusted with America," Rice said.
November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland police at the Cudell Recreation Center. Investigators say he was handling an air soft pistol, which the officers thought was a real gun. The officers involved, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback were not charged, although they could still face disciplinary action.
"My first demand is the immediate firing of the officers, which is still working in this building behind us," Rice told the crowd.
Samaria says she also wants incoming prosecutor Mike O'Malley to reconsider criminal charges against the officers. She also wants a meeting with outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
"My son's murder was able to happen under the Obama administration, and I expect the Obama administration to give me justice," she said.
Samaria and supporters also had a message for Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
"I need you to make sure that your process get these officers fired 'cause you're coming up on election and trust me, you will be voted out of here," said Rice.
Samaria Rice also said she would like to see more funding for Cleveland schools.