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Cleveland Police Union: Tamir Rice Settlement Money Should Help Educate Kids About Dangers of Replica Guns

April 26, 2016  | 

The head of a Cleveland police union said the family of a 12-year-old black boy shot dead by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun should use money from a $6 million settlement to educate children about the dangers of handling real and replica firearms, while an attorney representing the boy’s family blasted the comments.

“Something positive must come from this tragic loss,” said Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association. “That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm,” he said.

The statement came hours after the city announced a settlement Monday in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice.

An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay out $3 million this year and $3 million the next. There was no admission of wrongdoing in the settlement, the Washington Post reports.

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/26/2016 5:30 PM

If the Rice parents really cared about anything other than that $6 million they'd acknowledge that their son made a stupid mistake which got him killed. But to admit that just might not net that six million for them. We can sit here now and think how we'd have done it differently had we been in that patrol car, but it won't do any good. I'm sure they thought they were responding appropriately(last two sentences aimed at trolls).

Percy Dies @ 4/26/2016 5:45 PM

So long, Percy. You're about to be blocked.

House @ 4/26/2016 6:39 PM

@Percy Lives wow i see you are just another moron who swallows everything the media tells you...lemme guess Percy, it was all the racist cops fault right? Cuz they be is white and dont like black people? Heres an idea; close your eyes, now imagine you are a cop (i know it must kill you) working in the ghetto with the worst of society every day. Pretend that every real criminal and wannabe have guns. Now you get a call on your computer or radio that says "juvenile armed with a handgun pointing it at persons as they walk by suspect". When you drive up, hes got a gun... what do YOU do Percy?

House @ 4/26/2016 6:58 PM

@Percy what did you do in your mind? Oh you said "begin a dialogue with the armed subject and talk about his feelings" or "ask him if his gun was real" or try to use a tazer on him maybe? Well Percy if you said anything but BANG your dead ! You know, EXACTLY what the racist pig cops did? Guess what....Percy dies. For real. Percy you dont have but a second to make a decision, and its kill or be killed. You can get killed Percy, but im going home to my family. Oh and notice how i didnt mention race, skin color or creed for you scenario. It irrelevant in this situation. AND YES his family SHOULD spend some of that money on trying to teach kids not to play with (fake or real) guns near cops. Maybe they should spend some money on a fing babysitter too, might avoid other kids getting unnessarily killed by other people. Or better yet, how about raising your kids right? But no...heres you 6 million Lakesha, now you still dont have to be a parent. Maybe Jamarquavious will get killed next? They shouldnt have gave them jack s#!&. Kid committed suicide by cop, whether he intended to or not we will never know. Stop the bs race baiting.

kevcopAz @ 4/26/2016 7:11 PM

Note to the editor, this back and forth between "readers" has to end or your publication will suffer and REAL cops with REAL int that may be useful will cease to post let alone read. Folks grow up please this is not high school. You waste your own time and the time of others who want to read this publication and learn things that may help Law Enforcement do the job better. You guys/girls really need to grow up and get a life.

Frank @ 4/26/2016 8:10 PM

LE are people, not punching bags, not targets. No officer should be expected to go home injured as part of the job. It does happen and is accepted by all LE as a risk, not it is not part of the job description.

Hind sight is always 20/20 and having days to play armchair quarterback still leaves you an armchair quarterback.

How far should the officers have been away from a boy with a gun? 50 feet, 75 feet? How far does a bullet go? Any officer with a lick of sense assumes the gun is real, yes 12 year olds do have 9s sometimes.

PL reminds me of a college grad that can't see why a school killer has to be shot, "There must be a better way to stop him".

The $ settlement is ludicrous.

Some have totally unreasonable expectations of LE officers. If I punched a cop in the face and went for his gun, I EXPECT TO GET SHOT! It appears others do not expect to get shot! If they don't believe actions have consequences, I suggest a simple lesson, whack your finger with hammer!

Thanks LE.

plato's playdough @ 4/26/2016 10:50 PM

More will come to the breakfast table, it's always worth a shot if you're a thug.

ssc1911 @ 4/27/2016 2:16 PM

After reading this article. The head of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association is absolutely right about using that money to educating youth about the hazards of pointing a fake gun at police officers, and the consequences of ignoring police officers commands to drop a weapon. One has to put themselves in the officer's shoes, getting a radio call to respond to a person with a gun. Arriving on scene and seeing a person with a gun and ordering them to drop the weapon, the person holding the gun doesn't comply to the officers commands . The officers shoot the person with the gun not knowing that it may be fake. Police Officer's have very little tie to assess calls/situations like this one. Yes it is tragic that Tamir Rice died but it was of his own doing. Does anyone think about the officers involved in this and their reaction finding after the fact that Tamir had a fake gun? and their trauma grief?

EODK9Trainer @ 4/27/2016 3:17 PM

No chance in hell the family will use it for educational purposes. Why they are even seeing this money is just beyond me.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/27/2016 10:01 PM

ssc1911, I've thought about the Officers grief a lot. It must be terrible what they going through. I hope they're making it okay and I at least am praying for them. The kid committed suicide by cop. Its tragic and I feel for the family as well.

eodk9trainer @ 4/28/2016 12:40 AM

This settlement just boggles the mind. The clods that approved this need to be fired or voted out of office.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/28/2016 11:04 PM

Right now we basically know nothing about this. My previous comment was premature. I don't know what happened so I'm withholding judgement until the facts come out.

OK then @ 4/29/2016 6:41 AM

This is around about the standard "go away" fee. I agree w/ the union head, some of that money should go to enlighting people that playing w/ realistic imitation pistols in public is a terrible idea. Sadly when I was a kid that was common sense.

otj25yrs @ 4/29/2016 7:33 AM

That "go away fee" is exactly what perpetuates the problem I can raise a thug or criminal and when he gets hurt or killed by officers I get paid. How about accepting responsibility because you sucked as a parent or a Human Being and failed to raise a decent productive member of society. Its tragic that our world is so upside down.

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