COLUMBUS – Today, Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) released the following statement on the death of 13 year old Tyre King who was shot and killed this week during an incident involving Columbus Police: 

“I extend my condolences to the family, friends and middle school classmates of Tyre King while they grieve the loss of their child and friend. As we look for answers to explain why the life of one of our community’s children was taken so tragically, I ask everyone to keep the King family in their prayers.

“I call on the Columbus Police Department to do a complete and thorough investigation into all aspects of the shooting including whether or not Tyre was involved with the alleged robbery that took place. While I understand officers face dangerous situations every day, this is an appropriate time to take a look at the Department’s policies for incidents involving children and how they can be modified to avoid future tragedies. The Department should also investigate whether officers need further training in de-escalation tactics to avoid the use of force.

“I am also considering legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of imitation firearms that look like actual weapons. There is absolutely no reason why a child should have access to a toy that is indistinguishable from a real gun. These toys are dangerous and they are getting our children killed.

“As the investigation goes forward I ask that Safety Director, Ned Pettus and the Columbus Police Department keep the community informed as we attempt to recover and heal from this heartbreaking event.”

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