Christian rapper Lecrae Moore, popularly known as Lecrae, suggested Thursday that the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann for playing around with a pellet gun on Nov. 22 was a “foolish” decision.
Recalling a similar incident which happened in his life as a 13-year-old, the now 35-year-old rapper praised God for the starkly different response of the officers who accosted him back then in a Facebook post that as of Saturday evening had been shared nearly 7,000 times and liked more than 43,000 times.
“Part of my testimony is how I was harassing people with a pellet gun as a 13yr old and was apprehended by police. But I’m still ALIVE! I wasn’t shot down. Those cops did a good job,” said Moore.
“One officer decided not to arrest me years ago but instead challenged me to get in my Bible. Thank God for His grace,” he added.
A wrongful death lawsuit against Officers Loehmann and Frank Garmback alleges that they acted “unreasonably, negligently (and) recklessly” when Loehmann gunned down Rice who was playing with an “airsoft” pellet gun, on Nov. 22.
“Had the defendant officers properly approached Tamir and properly investigated his possession of the replica gun they would undoubtedly have determined … that the gun was fake and that the subject was a juvenile,” noted the suit. It further noted that the policemen did not provide the juvenile with medical attention for more than four minutes “as he lay on the ground alive and bleeding.” Rice died in the hospital on Nov. 23.
Moore further highlighted in his Facebook post that even after he turned around his life and tried living as an upstanding citizen, he has felt the undue burden of overaggressive policing.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post