Unarmed 12year old boy killed by police Tamir Rice

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    St Louis police rebuked for Facebook warning after Tamir Rice shooting | The Guardian

    The police department that oversaw protests in Ferguson over the death of Michael Brown attracted new criticism on Thursday after weighing in clumsily on the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy in Ohio who was playing with a replica gun.

    In a Facebook post headed “Kids will be Kids?”, St Louis County police told parents to warn their children that if they prompted an emergency call by playing with toy guns in public, “police will respond as though it is a real gun”. The post was linked to from the department’s Twitter account.

    “Pellet guns and Airsoft guns should not be allowed to be played with throughout the neighborhood, common grounds, or used to threaten or intimidate people,” said the post, which was written by officer Aaron Dilks from the City of Fenton precinct.

    The post met with widespread dismay on social media.

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    This was posted on Facebook:

    St. Louis County Police

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    A message from Chief Jon Belmar regarding this morning's Facebook post:

    "On Thursday, December 4, 2014, an officer assigned to the St. Louis County City of Fenton Precinct made a post on the precinct Facebook site that spoke about the death of 12 year-old, Tamir Rice of Cleveland, Ohio. The intention of the post was to inform citizens about the potential danger of airsoft or pellet guns resembling real guns. However, the post was a misguided communication strategy and was offensive to many people.

    As Chief of Police, I apologize to Tamir’s family and anyone who was offended by the post. While the post did not originate from the Chief’s Office and I was unaware of its presence prior to its release, I realize the message was insensitive to Tamir’s family and the sorrow they are currently experiencing.

    The post conveyed the message that my officers respond to calls involving a child with a gun with indiscretion and little regard for life. I want to emphasize that my officers respond to calls with discernment, and have the highest regard for human life. We train officers to take all facts and circumstances into consideration when making decisions about using force.

    The Facebook post has been removed and because of this incident, the social media policy has been altered in order to prevent future occurrences. I know social media is an effective way to provide the public with information, and I will make every effort to ensure that we do it in a responsible manner. Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to Tamir’s family in this trying time."

    St. Louis County Police Apologize For 'Insensitive' Facebook Post About Tamir Rice
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    Tamir Rice's Body Still Isn't Buried Because the Criminal Investigation Keeps Dragging On
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    Prosecutors get Tamir Rice investigation | CNN

    The much-anticipated police investigation into the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice has moved into the hands of prosecutors, who will decide what to do next.

    The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department in Ohio handed over its investigation Wednesday -- more than six months after the boy was shot.

    "The sheriff's office received the file on February 13, and has performed an extensive, thorough and unbiased investigation. It is now up to the prosecutor to determine how next to proceed," the department said.

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    it was kind of the kids fault for getting shot, using a replica airsoft pistol is dangerous if you want to flash it around, this is coming from a guy who plays airsoft all the time the guns are almost exact replicas minus the barrel diameter, the cops had every reason to shoot him, he had a potentially deadly weapon, children are in gangs all the time so i don't blame the cops for acting that way.
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    What is the line between presumed innocent until proven guilty then?
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    Impulse takes over when you are in a potentially deadly situation, you could be shot, i agree his death was sad, but if you want to act like your "ballin" flashing a fake pistol around it can be mistaken. Cops are trained to shoot first ask questions after anyway.
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    Cleveland Leaders Bypass Prosecutors to Seek Charge in Tamir Rice Case | New York Times

    Community leaders in Cleveland, distrustful of the criminal justice system, said Monday that they would not wait for prosecutors to decide whether to file charges against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. Instead, they will invoke a seldom-used Ohio law and go directly to a judge to request murder charges against the officers.

    The highly unusual move is the latest sign that some African-Americans in Cleveland and around the country have lost confidence in a system that they see as too quick to side with police officers accused of using excessive force against blacks.

    The investigation into Tamir’s shooting was handed to the county prosecutor last week, but local leaders are skeptical because of how similar cases have ended. In New York, a grand jury did not issue an indictment in the death of Eric Garner, who had been put in a chokehold by a police officer. State and federal authorities said there was no evidence to charge Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Last month, prosecutors said a white police officer in Madison, Wis., would not be charged for killing an unarmed 19-year-old man.

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    No One Heard Cleveland Officer Warn 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Before Opening Fire | Salon

    Cleveland prosecutors have released the results of an investigation into the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by a police officer. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office released a redacted version of the 224-page report, which was compiled by Sheriff’s Department investigators, which examines the events that led up to and followed the shooting of the black youth in November. There is a lot of information in the report, but one of the most significant appears to be that the investigators could not find a single witness who heard police officer Timothy Loehmann issue a warning before opening fire, reports the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Loehmann has said he ordered Rice to show his hands three times before opening fire.

    Although Loehmann and his partner who drove the police car, Frank Garmback, refused to be interviewed by investigators, a fellow officer said Loehmann had told him Rice reached for his toy gun right before he opened fire. "He gave me no choice. He reached for the gun and there was nothing I could do," Loehmann allegedly told a fellow officer after he shot Rice, according to WKYC. Fellow officers said Loehmann appeared to be distraught once he realized Rice was holding a pellet gun and that he was much younger than initially believed. Other officers backed Loehmann’s claims that the gun looked real.

    Although the report notes the investigation attempted to be “unbiased” and “has not, and will not, render any opinion of the legality of the officer’s actions,” it does, at the very least, illustrate failures from the beginning. The man who first reported Rice’s actions to 911, for example, told the dispatcher that the gun was “probably fake” but that information did not get to the officers who were called to the scene. Then once the Loehmann fired the shots, neither he nor his partner could administer first aid and didn’t even have the necessary equipment to do so in their car. An FBI agent who happened to be in the area was the one who began administering first aid. "It's an incredibly disturbing injury to look at," the FBI agent later told investigators. "And ... you could see the level of concern in (the officers). I don't think they knew what to do."

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    Cleveland 8 leaders react to Rice investigation

    Published by WEWS NewsChannel5 on June 13, 2015

    Community activists said they're "cautiously optimistic" that the legal process is moving forward after the release of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the shooting death of Tamir Rice Saturday afternoon.
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    Yesterday I posted this in the police brutality thread, but since it concerns Cleveland it belonged in this one.

    Published by WEWS NewsChannel5 on July 26, 2015
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    Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority statement on Euclid Avenue incident

    Officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) released this statement on July 26. It was updated at 3 p.m. on July 27.

    At 4:40 p.m. on July 26, Transit Police officers on patrol peacefully removed a intoxicated 14-year old male from a bus. Police said the juvenile was intoxicated to the point where he was unable to care for himself.

    Police escorted the youth from the bus to a bus shelter on Euclid Avenue at East 24th Street.

    Transit Police followed normal procedure, which is -- after pertinent information is collected, to release the juvenile to a parent or legal guardian.

    Within minutes, a large crowd had gathered surrounding the bus shelter. For the safety of the juvenile, Transit Police moved him from the open shelter area to a police cruiser. The crowd then surrounded the car, with some individuals pounding on the car in an attempt to remove the juvenile from the car. By this time, several other law enforcement agencies had also responded.

    Cleveland Police reported to Transit Police that it received a tip that 4 armed individuals were enroute to the scene in a white Oldsmobile.

    The crowd that surrounded the police cruiser kept it from leaving the area. When it was obvious that the car could not move forward -- due to approximately 50-100 individuals blocking the way and sitting in front of the car -- police attempted to back the car up, where fewer persons had gathered.

    When members of Transit Police explained that their goal was to release the youth to his mother, several in the crowd asked the boy be released to them, and that they, in turn, would give him to his mother. Transit Police explained that they could not release the boy to anyone to a parent or legal guardian.

    As police tried to move back the crowd behind the vehicle to try to leave the scene, but individuals were not cooperating. Then, a Transit Police officer used a general burst of pepper spray in an attempt to clear the way. This was ineffective, as additional persons filled in behind the car.

    After EMS arrived on the scene, the crowd cooperated with the officers and moved aside, so the juvenile could be escorted from the police cruiser to a waiting EMS unit to be examined.

    After he was cleared by EMS at 5:47 p.m., he was released to the custody of his mother, who had arrived at the scene.

    There were no arrests. The incident is under investigation.

    RTA will update this statement as more facts become available, and is in the process of collecting pertinent video from multiple sources.

    The RTA officer who used the pepper spray was Sgt. Robert Schwab, a 25-year veteran of the force. Some sources have incorrectly reported that the officer involved was Sean O’Neil, which was not the case.

    Sgt. Schwab has been placed on administrative duties until the investigation is complete.

    RTA will continue to update this statement as more facts become available, and will release pertinent video.


    Cleveland agency will investigate pepper spray incident

    A Cleveland law enforcement agency says it will investigate Sunday's incident, in which a 25-year-veteran of the region's transit police department used pepper spray on a group of "Black Lives Matter" conference attendees.

    The officer, whom officials named Monday as Sgt. Robert Schwab, has been placed on administrative duties until the investigation is complete, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) said Monday.

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  17. More likely, she could have been giving the officer foul mouth and not cooperating.
    When an officer makes a request, you don't talk smack, you cooperate, be civil, and ask questions later.
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    Reports: Officer's shooting of boy with pellet gun justified | The Associated Press

    Prosecutors investigating the death of a 12-year-old black boy who was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer say they are just trying to be transparent in seeking and sharing outside reviews by experts in use of force. A lawyer for the boy's family, however, says the outside reports finding that the shooting was justified show that prosecutors are avoiding accountability.

    The reports were released Saturday night by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, which asked for the outside reviews as it presents evidence to a grand jury that will ultimately determine whether Timothy Loehmann will be charged in the November death of Tamir Rice, who was holding a pellet gun.

    A retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor both found that the rookie patrolman who shot Tamir moments after pulling up beside him exercised a reasonable use of force because he had reason to perceive the boy — described in a 911 call as man waving and pointing a gun — as a serious threat.

    "We are not reaching any conclusions from these reports," Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said in a statement. "The gathering of evidence continues, and the grand jury will evaluate it all."

    He said the reports, which included a technical reconstruction by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, were released in the interest of being "as public and transparent as possible."

    Subodh Chandra, a lawyer for the Rice family, said the release of the reports shows the prosecutor is avoiding accountability, which is what the family seeks.

    "It is now obvious that the prosecutor's office has been on a 12-month quest to avoid providing that accountability," he said. He added that the prosecutor's office didn't provide his office or the Rice family with the details from the reports. He also questioned the timing of the release, at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

    "To get so-called experts to assist in the whitewash — when the world has the video of what happened — is all the more alarming," Chandra said. "Who will speak for Tamir before the grand jury? Not the prosecutor, apparently."

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  24. Well, there were two guys arrested at a store in a town near me recently, for being rather indiscreet with a very realistic pellet gun in public. People got spooked, the police were called, the store locked down, and they went to jail.

    I have an Airsoft gun that is almost a dead ringer for a Colt 1911 from not much of a distance at all. It doesn't go out in public, for the obvious reasons.
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    The Cop Who Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice on a Cleveland Playground Wasn't Charged with Anything | VICE

    Calling the death of a 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of police on a Cleveland playground last year a "perfect storm of human error," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced on Monday that a grand jury had declined to indict any officers for his killing.

    Rice, who had been playing with a toy gun at the city's Cudell Recreation Center that day in November 2014, was killed by Officer Timothy Loehmann when he fired two shots almost immediately upon rolling up in a cruiser with his partner, Frank Garmback. Family members and activists have been clamoring for murder charges ever since. But McGinty — who has been sharply criticized for a bevy of publicly-revealed expert reports suggesting the shooting was justified — did not recommend that jurors press murder charges, and insisted at a Monday press conference the video evidence that the child was reaching for his replica gun at the time of the incident was "indisputable."

    Therefore, McGinty told reporters, Loehmann — who was forced out of at a previous policing gig when he lost his shit during a gun drill — was not criminally liable.

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    No Charges For Police Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice: Some Must-Read Reactions | NPR


    It's now been over a year since Tamir's death, and for many, the ensuing case has been a frustrating series of delays and injustices. For many, today's decision is heartbreaking — but not surprising. The Rice family had this to say in a statement:

    "It has been clear for months now that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment.

    "Even though video shows the police shooting Tamir in less than one second, Prosecutor McGinty hired so-called expert witnesses to try to exonerate the officers and tell the grand jury their conduct was reasonable and justified.

    "It is unheard of, and highly improper, for a prosecutor to hire 'experts' to try to exonerate the targets of a grand jury investigation. These are the sort of 'experts' we would expect the officer's criminal defense attorney to hire — not the prosecution."

    Aviva Shen at Think Progress detailed the timeline of the investigation in October, echoing the belief, held by many supporters of the Rice family, that McGinty intentionally "prolonged the investigation and hindered the case." According to Shen, Tamir's case sits in stark contrast to similar ones:

    "Tamir Rice's family has waited for a decision to move forward with the case for almost a full year, while other high profile police shootings around the country have reached decisions over indictments in a matter of days or weeks. McGinty has not yet presented the sheriff's investigation to the grand jury, which has been in his hands since June. With the release of the most recent report, McGinty has suggested it could take well over a year to decide to indict the officers, let alone to begin to try the case.

    "With each delay in the process, the chances for indictment and successful prosecution of the officers grow slimmer. Witnesses move away, memories fade, and evidence tends to disappear."

    Group protesting Tamir Rice decision shuts down roads | Fox 8 Cleveland
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    Miami Police Union President Calls Tamir Rice A Thug, Says Police Shooting Fully Justified

    The president of Miami’s police union has defended comments he made on Twitter calling Tamir Rice a thug.

    Javier Ortiz added that the shooting of 12-year-old Rice, who was shot by police in November 2014 while playing with a toy gun, was fully justified, according to the Miami New Times.

    “Act like a thug and you'll be treated like one,” Ortiz wrote on Twitter during a debate, the New Times reported.

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    More than 100 protest Tamir Rice decision with march to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor McGinty's home

    On a bitterly cold New Year's Day afternoon, more than 100 activistsmarched from Impett Park to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty's home on Cleveland's West Side to deliver a message.

    The group, protesting a grand jury's decision not to indict two Cleveland police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, intends to keep the pressure on.

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    Tamir Rice protesters picket house of Cleveland prosecutor Timothy McGinty
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    Cleveland To Tamir Rice: Being Dead Is No Excuse For Being A Deadbeat

    By Kaili Joy Gray, Wonkette, February 11, 2016


    Look, being shot to death by police doesn’t get you off the hook when it comes to paying your medical bills. At least according to the City of Cleveland, which filed a notice with the probate court Wednesday, demanding that the estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was shot to death by police for the crime of playing with his toy gun in a park, pay the “past due” expense of his ambulance ride to the hospital.

    It feels necessary to assure you at this time that we are not kidding.

    In December, a grand jury determined that Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann was justified in killing a child for openly carrying a toy gun in the open-carry state of Ohio because that little boy was coming right for him, with his blackness, and Officer Loehmann feared for his life. As one does, when one spots a black child playing alone in a park.

    After Loehmann shot Tamir Rice twice, and after he and his partner Frank Garmback wrestled Rice’s 14-year-old sister to the ground, cuffed her, and stuck her in the back of their cruiser for the crime of rushing to her dying brother’s side — no doubt also out of self-defense from her teenage blackness — the dying child finally received medical attention from an FBI agent who happened to be in the neighborhood. And then the ambulance arrived, administered 450 bucks’ worth of “Ambulance Advance Life Support” (plus mileage!), and delivered the child to the Metrohealth Medical Center, where it was too late to save his life.

    But that doesn’t mean the city isn’t owed $500 for its efforts, and that bill has been outstanding for more than a year, so it’s long past time to pay up “for emergency medical services rendered as the decedent’s last dying expense.”

    Yeah, the law’s the law and blah blah blah, and according to the city, it is entitled to reimbursement under “Ohio Revised Code §2117.25(A)(5),” but on the other hand, what even THE FUCK? As Rice’s family attorney Subodh Chandra put it:

    That the city would submit a bill and call itself a creditor after having had its own police officers slay 12-year-old Tamir displays a new pinnacle of callousness and insensitivity.

    We shudder to imagine what other debts the city thinks Tamir Rice’s grieving family owes. Certainly, the officer who shot him dead must have received some counseling. Maybe the Rice family ought to foot the bill for that too. And the city did spend more than a year investigating his death, only to conclude he was kinda asking for it. Maybe the dead child’s estate should reimburse Cleveland for the cost of the investigation.

    Or maybe — crazy idea — the city of Cleveland should immediately apologize, withdraw this bullshit creditor’s claim, and leave the Rice family alone. It’s already done quite enough for one brief lifetime, don’t you think?

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    Tamir Rice shooting: Cleveland to pay $6 million to settle lawsuit | CNN

    The city of Cleveland will pay $6 million to settle the federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by police gunfire in November 2014, according to a settlement announced Monday in U.S. District Court.

    According to terms of the settlement, the city acknowledges no fault in Tamir's death, which came after a 911 caller told of someone brandishing what appeared to be a toy gun in a city park.

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    We asked people if Cleveland police have changed since the DOJ investigation

    By Justin Carissimo, The Independent, June 26, 2014


    Tamir Rice would have been 14-years-old today. While the city of Cleveland celebrates its long-awaited sports championship, Tamir’s friends, family and supporters are still calling for justice.

    Before a police officer pulled his trigger, mistaking an air soft gun for the real thing in a state where its legal to carry firearms, killing the 12-year-old, the Cleveland Police Department was already being investigated for misconduct. The Department of Justice began investigating the force in 2013 and ordered sweeping changes amongst Cleveland PD in December 2014.

    As residents finish celebrating the historic win by the Cavaliers, folks are still living with police who routinely violate the civil rights of residents by using excessive force, the DOJ found in 2014. So, I took a break from celebrating the Cavaliers and checked in with folks in my former hometown to see if police have made any noticeable changes while they implement better policing practices in the city.

    Parker Lewis

    I think that the Cleveland PD has made mostly cosmetic, superficial changes. Their information officer is more professional, they've enlisted local media to do stories on them associated with puppies, pancakes and basketball. Those of us that exercise our constitutional right to protest know that nothing has changed. They will still taunt you, and brutalize you and then lie in court. All one has to do is read the statements made by Stephen Loomis, president of the police union, since November 2014 to know that not much has changed. If anything, due to overturning of officer discipline through arbitration, they now believe they'll never be held accountable.

    Cleveland officials are doing everything they can to rebrand the city, they want the gazebo gone and they want our memory of what happened to a 12-year-old to be replaced with fond memories of sports franchises. But we won't forget.

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    Radio Host at Cleveland State University

    I don’t think there’s been an attitude change in the department at all, we’re just going to forget about the Tamir Rice shooting and the other injustices by police here, especially with the Republican National Convention that’s coming to town. I’ve heard about several police involved shootings that have been swept under the rug because the city wants to portray a certain image before the convention this July.

    When the police officer who killed Tamir was cleared of wrongdoing, there were roughly 150 people protesting, this is what concerns the city the most — a few protesters — and there’s a massive police presence swarming like it was a major catastrophe.

    People were concerned when the Cavs won the championship, but the response was nothing like the shooting. Fans are jumping on police cruisers, firetrucks, commercial vehicles and everyone has been relatively calm about it, a lot of these places downtown got trashed but everyone was cool with it. I don’t want to imagine what would have happened if a protester did something like it. It reminds me of that old saying: “They love to see us run and dance but they don’t want to live next to you.”

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    The Post-Convention Crash: Cleveland Gets Back to Work on Policing and Race Relations

    By Alice Speri, The Intercept


    Three weeks after the Republican National Convention, Cleveland officials and residents are back to work on a task more daunting than hosting that event: reforming the city’s troubled police department.

    When delegates and visitors left Cleveland last month, city officials sighed in relief. The massive street protests many had predicted failed to materialize, and the military equipment the city had acquired was left untouched. In total, 24 people were arrested — too many, according to both Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and legal observers — but significantly fewer than everyone expected.

    Visitors left Cleveland with the image of friendly, helpful police officers patrolling the city on bikes and horses, and with an approach to protest that seemed exemplary, if untested by larger numbers of protesters. “All-in-all, it was a great week that was successful on every level,” city officials wrote in a self-congratulatory statement the day after the convention officially wrapped. “We got a chance to show everyone what Cleveland is all about and why we are a great city.”

    But the bigger test for city officials will be convincing their own residents — many of whom stayed away from downtown during the convention and have a long list of grievances about policing in their communities — that Cleveland can be great for them too.

    Last week, Cleveland’s City Council drafted a proposal to amend the composition of the civilian review board tasked with reviewing use-of-force complaints made against officers. The proposal is part of a series of reforms the city is beginning to discuss in the aftermath of a scathing Department of Justice investigation that found it engaged in a pattern of excessive force and lacked accountability, training, and adequate engagement with the community.

    The December 2014 report came just days after a police officer shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of arriving at the park where he was holding a fake gun. The federal civil rights investigation, which was ongoing at the time of Rice’s death, followed a series of other incidents, including a 2012 police chase that ended with officers firing 137 shots into a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Police believed they had seen a weapon in the car, but no weapon was ever recovered. Only one of 13 officers who shot at the car, Michael Brelo, was charged. His acquittal in May 2015 led to large protests against Cleveland police and mass arrests. No officers were charged with Tamir Rice’s death.

    The DOJ investigation eventually led to a consent decree settlement with the city of Cleveland, which among other things instituted the Cleveland Community Police Commission, a body made up mostly of civilians tasked with drawing reform plans for the city.

    But the commission said that the city declined to follow its recommendations for a more comprehensive revision of the civilian review board — a sign, to some, that changes to Cleveland policing will be slow and challenging.

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    Cleveland police dispatcher in Tamir Rice shooting suspended 8 days | Reuters


    A Cleveland police dispatcher was suspended for eight days for failing to warn officers in the 2014 shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice that a 911 caller had described the scene as probably a child with a fake gun, the boy's family lawyer said on Wednesday.

    Reports of the suspension published in Cleveland on Tuesday led to criticism of authorities on social media under the Twitter hashtag #TamirRice, including "8 days suspension? How pathetic" and "the 911 dispatcher whose words lead to the terrible death of tamir rice, an INNOCENT 12 year old, should be FIRED, not simply suspended."

    The shooting of the black child, who was playing with a replica gun that fired plastic pellets, by two white police officers was one of several that fueled scrutiny of police use of deadly force across the United States, particularly against minorities.

    The family's lawyer Subodh Chandra said the dispatcher, Constance Hollinger, also received a disciplinary letter after a 10-month investigation that ended in February. An off-duty officer at the scene, William Cunningham II, was suspended for two days without pay.

    Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, has urged that anyone involved in the shooting be fired and Chandra said the mother considered Hollinger's eight day suspension without pay “unacceptable.”

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    Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot is now at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago

    Theaster Gates and his Rebuild Foundation have organised a display and series of conversations around the disassembled structure, with hopes of rebuilding it outdoors this spring

    By James H. Miller, The Art Newspaper


    Materials from the gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by Cleveland police in 2014, and where the community met to express its grief and outrage, are now on display at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, the community center and gallery run by the artist Theaster Gates and his Rebuild Foundation. “This seemingly insignificant piece of architecture allows us to deeply examine the racial, political and economic crises of this country,” Gates tells The Art Newspaper.

    The gazebo’s wood and bracket parts are stacked in the north gallery of the Arts Bank, along with the memorial objects and ephemera found at the site when it was dismantled in 2016, including stuffed animals. The pieces will remain on view through early 2018 and the Arts Bank plans to rebuild the structure outdoors in the spring.

    To put the display of the gazebo into context, the Arts Bank has organised a series of conversations on the subjects of preservation, black cultural spaces and object-hood. Titled Objects of Care: Material Memorial for Tamir Rice, the upcoming speakers include Romi Crawford (14January), a professor of visual and critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Adam Green (11 February), a history professor at the University of Chicago; and Rebecca Zorach (11 March), an art historian at Northwestern University.

    Tamir Rice was shot on 22 November at the Cudell Recreation Center while playing with a pellet gun, which the two policemen say they mistook for a real weapon. He died the following day. The officers were not indicted, but the city settled the family’s lawsuit against them for $6m. The incident occurred shortly after the deaths of two other African American men, Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, also at the hands of police, and so the gazebo quickly became a symbol and gathering place for mourning, reflection, and protests.

    Last year, after the city announced plans to demolish the structure, attorneys for Rice’s mother, Samaria, fought and succeeded in securing her ownership of it. “They wanted to erase any memory of it,” Samaria Rice said in a conversation with Gates back in July, audio excerpts of which are played in the gallery with the gazebo parts. After museums in Cleveland declined to take the materials, Samaria reached out to Gates and Rebuild. “She asked if I could help and I said yes,” Gates says. “There was no art gimmick or art move — just a person helping another person grieve.”

    Gates’ studio team helped disassemble the gazebo in Cleveland and brought it back to Chicago, a “temporary safe home for it”. The hope is that one day, it will return to Cleveland, but there are no definite plans for that yet. “While it’s away from its original site and in Chicago, it gives us all a chance to mourn with Samaria and pay respect to the lives lost to gun violence,” Gates says.

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    Ex-Cleveland officer who killed Tamir Rice hired by rural Ohio police force | Cleveland 19 News


    Timothy Loehmann, the former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice four years ago, has been hired by the Village of Bellaire Police Department, according to the Intelligencer and Wheeling News Register.

    Loehmann shot Rice, of Cleveland, multiple times in November 2014.

    According to surveillance footage, Loehmann killed Rice within two seconds after he arrived to investigate a report about the boy carrying what turned out to be a fake gun.

    “Ms. Rice believes that Timothy Loehmann does not belong on any police force, anywhere, period,” said Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra. “Someone with his record should not be subjected upon the citizenry. But she does hope that this means that he will not ever return to Cleveland.”

    Loehmann wasn’t charged in relation to the shooting, and was cleared by both a Cuyahoga County grand jury and Cleveland’s Critical Incident Review Commission.

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    Bellaire adds embattled Loehmann, Smith to police force | The Intelligencer


    The village has hired Timothy Loehmann, a former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice four years ago, as one of two new part-time officers with its police department.

    The other part-time officer is Eric Smith, Bethesda’s still-suspended police chief who remains under investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office for allegedly misusing a statewide computer system for law enforcement.

    Bellaire Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan confirmed Friday that he hired Loehmann and Smith. He said he believes both men deserve second chances.

    Loehmann killed Rice, 12, of Cleveland in November 2014. Published reports indicate he shot Rice less than 2 seconds after he arrived to investigate a complaint about the boy carrying what turned out to be a fake gun.

    He was never indicted on any charges related to the shooting and was cleared by a Cuyahoga County grand jury and Cleveland’s Critical Incident Review Commission, according to published reports.

    However, Loehmann was fired by the Cleveland Police Department in 2017 for allegedly omitting information from his employment application. He previously had worked for the police department in Independence, Ohio, and failed to note that on his application. Loehmann was told he either had to quit his job in Independence or be fired, officials said at that time.

    Flanagan said Friday he had no reservations about hiring Loehmann to work in his department.

    “He was cleared of any and all wrongdoing,” Flanagan said of Loehmann. “He was never charged. It’s over and done with.”

    According to published reports, Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak wrote in Loehmann’s personnel file that he was “weepy” and “distracted” during firearms training. He allegedly told Polak that he was having trouble with his girlfriend at the time. But the deputy went further in his statements about Loehmann’s competence.

    “He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal,” Polak wrote in 2012.

    Polak recommended that Loehmann should leave the department.

    “I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies,” Polak wrote.

    He also said Loehmann lacked “maturity” to continue working for the Independence department, published reports indicate.

    In 2009, Loehmann also failed an exam administered by the Maple Heights, Ohio, police department. Published reports indicate he failed to disclose that in his application to Cleveland, too.

    Flanagan said he never had reservations about hiring Loehmann because he was cleared of any wrongdoing regarding Rice’s death. He said he does not believe it is fair for people to “crucify” Loehmann about what happened.

    “I have full confidence and faith in every police officer here,” Flanagan said. “We have eight full-time officers and five part-time officers. And if anyone is looking for a part-time job, call me. All officers are on a probationary period of one year.”

    Regarding Smith, Flanagan acknowledged he has his doubts.

    “No one wanted to hire this guy anywhere — even his best friend who is a chief up north,” Flanagan said of Smith. “He deserves to have a second chance.”

    Smith has been accused of misusing the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway. Flanagan said Smith, who remains on paid administrative leave with Bethesda, will not be permitted to use computers in Bellaire.

    “I had reservations about Eric Smith and I still do,” Flanagan said. “Everyone has got to prove themselves. I try to prove every day that I am capable of being the police chief. Everybody makes mistakes.

    “Everyone I hired went through the background check and all come highly recommended — except for Eric Smith,” he said. “But people grow up and move on.”

    Flanagan said that if either officer — or any Bellaire police officer — does something wrong in the line of duty, the department will handle the situation.

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