“It turns out to not be a firearm in the sense that [a firearm] fires real bullets,” Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs to reporters, at a press conference following Wednesday night’s fatal police shooting of Tyre King
According to police witnesses, 13yo Tyre King had a bb gun in his waistband.
According to early reporting, Tyre was a man who had just started 8th grade at Linden STEM Academy.
Children today grow up so much faster.
Black children today grow old so much faster.
At 13, I started 8th grade too. Shooting spitwads from the back of Mr. Taylor’s 6th period, were those men? Was Lance Trumble a man the day he drooled into the English teacher’s water glass when she stepped out of the room?
Was I a woman when I laughed?
Adulthood comes unlikely early to those whose fruition is feared.
A spitwad is not a bb is not a Glock 9mm.
Columbus, Ohio, is the same department that served and protected 12yo Tamir.
Tyre is the second Ohio citizen Bryan Mason has served with a bullet and protected out of life in four years.
According to policy: Office Mason has been placed on paid administrative leave and will be receiving psychological support counseling. According to policy: Officer Mason will be offered leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience.
What support counseling available for the King family.
What trauma recovery offered to Tyre.
Nothing ages a child faster than death.