Steve Loomis is an asshole!
The head of the Cleveland rank-and-file police union says the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice should use money from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the use of look-alike firearms.
When a 12 year old with a BB gun is killed by cop, it's the kid's family who needs to change things?
"Something positive must come from this tragic loss. That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm.
We look forward to the possibility of working with the Rice family to achieve this common goal."
I guess the Cleveland cop shop can't get their shit together enough on their own, so they want the Rice family to pony up the cash from the settlement to do the training?
The Rice family attorney, Subodh Chandra … said that Loomis' comments “reflect all that is wrong with Cleveland’s police division — Loomis managed to (1) blame the victim, (2) equate the loss of the life of a 12-year-old child with the officers facing scrutiny, and (3) demand money from the victim’s family and counsel. Loomis’s continued posturing shows he and the union still don’t comprehend that the police division needs a cultural change — not hiring incompetents, better training, and greater accountability.”
The Cleveland cop who shot and killed Tamir, a split second after leaping from his car. had been dismissed from a suburban police department for emotional issues before he was hired by the Cleveland PD. He's still a cop and working. He faced rather light discipline and he's alive and Tamir Rice is still dead.
Being a cop can be a tough job and it can be dangerous. (not as dangerous as the cops would like to us to believe it is) A tiny percentage of cops are the cops who cause problems, make stupid decisions and kill kids like young Rice. The Rice family settled with Cleveland for 6 million, they lost their son and the Cleveland Police Department took no responsibility.
Be nice if guys like Steve Loomis looked in the mirror occasionally.