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Head Of Cleveland Police Union Says The Family Of Tamir Rice Should Use Settlement Money To Educate Children About The Misuse Of Firearms

steve loomis 2Steve Loomis, the head of the city of Cleveland’s police union, says the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice should use the money they will receive from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the use of look-alike firearms.

Steve Loomis, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, was criticized for statements he made to the media regarding the shooting of Tamir.

Loomis issued a news release that said:

“We can only hope the Rice family and their attorneys will use a portion of this settlement to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms.”

“Something positive must come from this tragic loss. That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm,” the release continues.

Loomis’ statement comes in the wake of the city’s recently settled lawsuit which will award the Rice family six million dollars. The settlement, announced Monday, releases the city and officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who were involved in the shooting, from all claims.

Loehmann shot Tamir outside Cudell Recreation Center on the city’s West Side. He can be seen jumping out of a still moving police cruiser and gunning down the 12-year-old within seconds of arriving on the scene. Loehmann and Garmback were responding to reports of a “guy” with a gun, and both said they saw Tamir reaching into his waistband to grab a gun when Loehmann opened fire.

Tamir had a toy airsoft pistol in his waistband. The pistol had the orange safety tip removed. Neither officer was criminally charged.

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George April 27, 2016 at 7:35 am

I hope they educate the police how to treat the public.

David April 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Perhaps she could start a campaign to prevent the Cleveland police dept. from hiring psychologically unfit trigger happy racist… I’d donate….What about you Blaine Goldstein?

Barbara Barnes June 5, 2017 at 7:53 pm

I agree with you David.No amount of money will bring their child back and for a man who would make a statement like that he appears to have some cognitive impairment him self.

Zaidi Ademeit April 28, 2016 at 11:26 am

His statement says he still doesn’t get it:
1. He’s essentially saying it’s Tamir’s parents fault for allowing their child, Tamir, for playing with a gun.
2. He’s essentially saying it’s Tamir’s fault that he’s dead.
3. He’s essentially saying it’s the media and Tamir’s family and communiy’s fault and NOT the fault of the racist, black-hating cop who shot Tamir to death within 2 seconds upon arriving on the scene.
4. He’s essentially proving to everyone who loves Justice that he’s the wrong person to be in his position, shares the values of the killer cop, and should resign!!!


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