Miami Dolphins game. Just before Flowers’ senior year at Miami Jackson High, his mother died of cancer.
Last season, three days before his first start at USF, his step-brother was killed in a drive-by shooting after asking a motorist to slow down because children were playing nearby.
“For a long time, I always thought whenever something good happened to me, something bad automatically followed,’’ Flowers said. “I remember being in my room crying about it.
“I know you’re not supposed to ask God for things, but I would say, ‘Why is this happening to me? Why do the people I love get taken from me? I don’t hurt anybody or cause trouble. Where is the sense in all of this?’ ”
Such tragedies would destroy some people.
Flowers, 21, has grown stronger.
“Quinton has so much built up inside of him,’’ said Flowers’ older brother, Nathaniel. “He has lost so many people in his life. We both have. It has been hard.
“Football is easy. He doesn’t fear anything or anyone. When he’s on that field, he’s free.’’
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When Flowers was unleashed, everything changed for USF. In early October, with the Bulls at 1-3, Flowers begged coach Willie Taggart to let him play his game. Taggart, with nothing to lose, chucked his conservatism.
Flowers was incandescent in a 45-24 stomping of Syracuse.
“We all just started playing, using our skills, and not being so much like robots,’’ Bulls junior wide receiver Rodney Adams said.
USF won seven of its last eight games, earning the program’s first bowl bid since 2010.
At USF’s football banquet, Flowers was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,023 yards, a USF-record 21 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He rushed for 833 yards, the most ever by a USF quarterback, while setting the American Athletic Conference single-game record for quarterback rushing yards with 201 against SMU.
“People think Quinton Flowers is going to be a great player,’’ USF co-offensive coordinator Danny Hope said. “You don’t understand. He already is a great player.’’
It was a rapid ascent from 2014, when Flowers attempted just 20 passes as a freshman and gave little indication that greatness was ahead.
Taggart always believed.
And so did former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was Flowers’ head coach with... http://www.tbo.com/sports/colleges/usf-bulls/two-worlds-of-usfs-flowers-converge-during-miami-homecoming-20151219/
The rain and wind extinguished candles that had been lit in the boy’s memory.
At a news conference after the prosecutor’s announcement, Mayor Frank Jackson expressed condolences to the Rice family and said the city would begin an administrative review of the shooting now that the grand jury’s work was finished. Mr. Jackson said meaningful changes to the Division of Police had been made since Tamir’s death, including efforts to give officers first-aid training and provide basic medical kits in police cars.
“This has caused the city of Cleveland, with the loss of a child at the hands of a police officer, to do a lot of soul searching,” Mr. Jackson said. “And in the midst of that soul searching we have made some changes.”
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“All this is designed to better ensure that an incident like this will never happen again,” he added.
Police Chief Calvin Williams said Officers Loehmann and Garmback would remain on restricted duty until the administrative review was completed. He said the review would look at whether department policies were violated during the encounter, including the actions of the call taker and dispatcher, the shooting itself, and the aftermath. “We’ll look at the incident from start to finish,” Chief Williams said, and consider discipline if violations are found.
As with many police killings this year, outrage was sparked by what was caught on camera. Grainy surveillance video, which circulated widely online, showed Officer Garmback pulling the police cruiser within a few feet of Tamir and Officer Loehmann stepping out of the car and almost immediately firing his gun. Tamir died hours later.
Mr. McGinty noted that the officers had never been told that the original caller suggested the gun might be a fake. “Had the officers been aware of these qualifiers, the training officer who was driving might have approached the scene with less urgency,” said Mr. McGinty, who said the officers could not be penalized for what they did not know. “Lives may not have been put at stake.”
Matthew Meyer, an assistant prosecutor, said that it was difficult to tell the difference between the pellet gun and a real one because the orange safety tip was missing, and that the guns otherwise look the same from a distance. Prosecutors also said that Tamir looked large for his age, and that the neighborhood has a history of violence, and that other officers have been killed nearby.
Mr. McGinty said: “The death of Tamir Rice was an absolute tragedy. It was horrible, unfortunate and regrettable. But it was not, by the law that binds us, a crime.”
Mr. McGinty defended his decision to publicly release a series of expert reports he commissioned before the grand jury announcement, saying they made for a transparent process that allowed the public to reach informed conclusions. Those reports found that Officer Loehmann acted reasonably in shooting Tamir, but the Rice family commissioned its own outside reports that reached the opposite conclusion.
Mr. McGinty said he had called Tamir’s mother to tell her of the grand jury’s actions and that it had been a “tough conversation.” He said he “appreciated the sincere emotion and concern of all citizens” but asked the community to “respect the process.” He said Tamir’s family may yet find some redress in civil courts.
Some people, however, were outraged. Representative Marcia Fudge, a Democrat whose district... http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/us/tamir-rice-police-shootiing-cleveland.html
John Escalante are not addressing the root of the problem -- institutional racism.
Reverend Jesse Jackson weighed in today as well, also calling for the mayor and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to step down.