Steve 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.