“Act like a thug and you’ll be treated like one.” Those are the words of the President of the Police Union in Miami, Javier Ortiz. And in those simple words, Ortiz implied that the 12 year old child who was shot and killed by police in 2014, deserved it. Because, as Ortiz said, Tamir was a thug
And Ortiz wasn’t done yet. He had more to say.
“Mr. Rice wasn’t your neighborhood kid running around with a water gun. He was brandishing and pointing a pellet gun in which the orange tip was removed,” Ortiz told the New Times
. “As tragic as the situation is, I support those in law enforcement that had to make a split-second decision in protecting themselves and the community.”
Ortiz has been an outspoken defender of officers in other police shootings, including Darren Wilson, the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Ortiz also attacked Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa because he called for the prosecution of the New York officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.