Nearly 25 Idahoans gathered at Camel’s Back Park Sunday afternoon to stand in solidarity with the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot to death by Cleveland police Nov. 22, 2014.
Supporters at the Boise rally paused for a moment of silence at 1:30, which was the same time Tamir Rice was shot while playing in a park with a toy gun. Bryan Lyda, a co-organizer of the group Anti-Racists of Idaho, said no children should be afraid of getting hurt in a park.
Lyda said it was important for Idahoans to confront issues of race and racism.
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“In a community like Idaho, unfortunately there’s this narrative that we’re racist. We want to send a different message: that we’re welcoming,” he said.
Rice’s death was one of the many that inspired the Black Lives Matter movement.