The family of 12-year-old, Tamir Rice, has received some justice from the city of Cleveland, in the amount of $6 million . But the Cleveland police still won’t let the family be. To add insult to injury, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association wrote in a statement, Monday, April 25, that he hopes the Rice Family will donate a portion of the settlement to help educate the youth of Cleveland of the dangers of guns.
Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer who mistook a toy gun for a real one, while Rice was playing in the park. The police officer, Timothy Loehman, was not indicted for the killing, although he would resign from his position. The Rice family, however, decided to sue the city of Cleveland and the officers involved, in a wrongful death suit. The suit claimed that the officers’ behavior was negligent, reckless, and unreasonable, and that the city of Cleveland failed to properly train the officers.
When the city settled the lawsuit, it was the statement by Steven Loomis, that implied that Tamir’s shooting was somehow, the boy’s own fault, that can be offensive. Loomis’s statement reads:
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.
Just a thought, maybe the city of Cleveland can properly train their officers to know the difference between a real and fake gun, and also how to approach a 12-year-old boy without killing him…Just a thought.
Godbless the Rice family.