This was a senseless murder...and I do mean senseless. Airsoft companies, by law, must place an orange tip at the end of each replica airsoft firearm they produce. Tamar Rice's airsoft replica pistol had that orange tip removed or covered to make it appear real. How is a policeman to know whether or not that is the case or if the assailant is actually wielding a deadly weapon. In this particular case, from their patrol car, the police witnessed Tamir Rice pick up the perceived weapon (which unfortunately turned out to be a non-lethal airsoft replica pistol), and put it in his waste band. After police exited the vehicle and told Rice to put his hands up, Rice pulled the pistol out of his waste band to which the police responded with two fatal shots. It's an extremely tragic and unfortunate scenario, but had the orange tip not been removed (presumably by Rice) AND had Rice complied by putting his hands in the air and explaining to police that it was, in fact, a fake gun, this shooting would've never taken place. Put yourself in that scenario as Rice. Knowing that the orange safety tip was removed and with two policemen on edge and aiming their actual pistols at you, would you have pulled the fake pistol from your waste band or would you have complied? It's pretty simple. Obey the law and don't give an already apprehensive police officer wielding a weapon any reason to become threatened or perceive you as a threat. That's just common sense.