Film About Tamir Rice In Development Thanks to His Mother, Samaria

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Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer in November 2014. (Rice family)

The death of a child is never easy and Samaria Rice, the mother of slain child Tamir Rice, knows that all too well.

Samaria Rice’s 12-year-old son was shot and killed in Cleveland three years ago and now she’s developing a film based on those events. On Thursday, Sept. 7, Shadow and Act reported on “12: The Tamir Rice Story,” which will feature writing credits from Rice.

“I’m honored and very grateful to [Blue Angel Entertainment’s Korstiaan Vandiver and script co-writer Danielle Marshay Lee] for believing in me and this legacy for Tamir,” Samaria Rice said.


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Tamir was playing with a toy gun at a local park in November 2014 when a cop mistook it for an actual firearm. Officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir, but the next year, a jury failed to indict him. However, he was finally fired this year. Tamir’s family ultimately got a $6 million settlement in the case.

“We are just as honored to have the opportunity to bring this story to life and we are all very excited to start this journey together,” Vandiver said. “Tamir’s narrative is so timely and yet so long overdue.”

The Tamir Rice film follows the June report that Warner Bros. wants to develop a film about the police shooting death of Michael Brown. And Jay Z announced in the spring that he would be developing a film and docu-series about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teen who was killed by a policeman.

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