By German Lopez for Vox – On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was throwing snowballs and playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park when a police car rolled into the snowy field. Within two seconds of getting out of his squad car, officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the 12-year-old. Two and a half years later, the Cleveland police department fired Loehmann, Mike Hayes reported for BuzzFeed on Tuesday. But the termination is not solely due to the shooting, but rather as a result of Loehmann “providing false information” when he applied to the department several years ago. Loehmann could still appeal the firing through his union. Meanwhile, the officer who drove Loehmann to Rice, Frank Garmback, is suspended for 10 days and will get additional training. Last year, the city of Cleveland announced it would pay the Rice family $6 million in a lawsuit settlement over the shooting. Before that, former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced that there would be no criminal charges filed against the officers involved — arguing that while there was miscommunication between a 911 dispatcher and the officers, there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest that the cops had cleared the very high bar for criminal charges in police shooting cases.Continue reading
By Daniel Marans for The Huffington Post – If a cop kills an unarmed black person, and that person’s family then sues the police, how much can the city expect to pay? Six million dollars, give or take. On Monday, the 2014 shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy from Cleveland, became the fourth infamous police killing in the past two years to be settled out of court by a city for roughly this amount of money. Each of the four agreements spared the cities in question the obligation to admit wrongdoing.Continue reading
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers for Popular Resistance. The #BlackLivesMatter movement continues to grow its power and have notable victories, but 600 hundred years of racial oppression, older than the nation itself, will not be rooted out quickly. The movement had a series of electoral and other victories this week. These victories for #BLM and their supporters are notable but problems still persist and the movement must continue to grow and get stronger. There are no quick fixes to a country that is crippled by its history of racism. We must all recognize that the work we are doing for racial, economic and environmental justice requires us to be persistent and uncompromising. achieve the transformational justice we seek will last our lifetimes – a marathon and not a sprint.Continue reading
By Nathan Wellman for U.S. Uncut – Last December, a Cleveland officer killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice and forever shattered a family’s sense of peace in the process. Now police expect that same grieving family to foot the bill for the medical care provided to their dying son. The City of Cleveland has filed a creditor’s claim against the “estate” of the young boy. They expect the Rice family to pay five hundred dollars for “emergency medical services rendered as the decedent’s last dying expense.”Continue reading
Michael Nigro for The Huffington Post – A Cleveland police cruiser lurches forward into a coterie of protesters and stops dangerously close to hitting a number of us who, along with about 150 others, had taken the streets for a second day in a row since the local grand jury decided not to indict the officers who shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice. And then, quite unbelievably, the officer behind the wheel does it again; he continues his odd and unnecessary game of chicken with the protesters. A siren blast. An engine rev. And then the cop bucks his car closer. And then he does it again.Continue reading
By Staff of Associated Press – CLEVELAND (AP) — The local NAACP wants to see documents from the grand jury that decided not to indict two Cleveland police officers in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who had a pellet gun. Members of the Cleveland NAACP are seeking transcripts of witness testimony before the grand jury that heard evidence in the 2014 shooting. WJW-TV reports the group voted Tuesday night to push for the documents’ release. Members say they want to see and analyze everything that grand jurors heard in the case.Continue reading
By Lilly Workneh for The Huffington Post – Samaria Rice said she is “mad as hell” over a grand jury’s decision not to indict two Cleveland cops involved in the fatal shooting of her 12-year-old son Tamir. “Due to the corrupt system, I have a dead child. I felt as if breath has been taken out of my body once again,” she told MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday.”It’s a struggle.” Rookie patrolman Timothy Loehman shot Rice on Nov. 22, 2014 near a Cleveland recreation center. Rice, who had been playing with a toy pellet gun, died moments later.Continue reading
By Staff of Occupy The Bronx – On Monday, an Ohio grand jury decided not to bring charges against two police officers in the 2014 shooting death of Tamir Rice. The day after the decision was announced, Ikiesha Al-Shabazz Whittaker, a former Manhattan prosecutor, posted a video on Facebook to express her frustration with the country’s legal system. She also explained, in her expletive-laden rant, why grand juries don’t indict police officers. “I know some things that I don’t think you guys know,” she says at the beginning of the video, which has been viewed more than 1.3 million times in 48 hours. “I want to share it with you because my level of outrage and frustration is at an all-time high. I don’t want to be in this fucking country no more. I just want to fucking leave.”Continue reading
By Staff of Transformative Justice Coalition – I am sure that you were as stunned and disappointed as so many of us were by the grand jury’s non-indictment of the officers involved in the download (1)death of Tamir Rice. However, this story is actually one of gross prosecutorial misconduct and pro-police bias. My statement below addresses this all too common problem and makes some policy and action step recommendations to address this national crisis of police officers not being held accountable for slayings of African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans. With your support the Transformative Justice Coalition can work in the years to come to make these vital reforms a reality.Continue reading
By Kim Palmer for Reuters – Cleveland police will review from start-to-finish the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice to determine if the two officers involved or others should face disciplinary action in the November 2014 incident, officials said on Tuesday. A grand jury on Monday declined to bring criminal charges against the officers in the death of Rice, who was brandishing a replica gun in a park before an officer shot him, drawing a protest on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Cleveland. “People are very upset about it and I believe legitimately and rightfully so,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said of Rice’s shooting and other police-involved incidents around the United States.Continue reading
By Mumia Abu Jamal for Prison Nation on Free Speech Radio: Cleveland officials announce no charges to be files in the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
There is something shattering about the death, the killing, of a child. When a child dies the natural order is torn, the stars weep and the earth quakes. We have become so accustomed to this system we suppose it is natural instead of a human imposition. Politicians in the pocket of so called police unions bow before bags of silver and blink away the death of a child – especially if a black child. This should inspire movements worldwide to fight like never before. For something vile has happened before our eyes. A child has been killed, and in America – because it’s a black child – it means next to nothing.Continue reading
By Staff of Color of Change – New York, NY — On Monday, Tamir Rice’s family and a number of racial justice organizations will deliver more than 200,000 petitions to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office demanding a special prosecutor. The delivery is part of a weekend of action in honor of 1 year since Tamir was brutally killed and in protest of Prosecutor McGinty’s inability to oversee the case. For more information on the #YearWithoutTamir action weekend please see: www.JusticeForTamir.com. WHEN/WHERE: Monday, November 23. Press should arrive at Willard Park, Cleveland, Ohio 41144 at 12:00 for pre-march interviews.Continue reading
The police dispatcher who sent Cleveland officers to Cudell Commons on Nov. 22, when Tamir Rice was fatally shot, was fired from her first police dispatcher job in September 2008, the same month she was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to a bar.
Beth Mandl, then 26 years old, was hired as a dispatcher at Case Western Reserve University’s police department in March of 2005, according to her personnel file released Wednesday by Cleveland City Hall.
Mandl said on her application that her employment there ended in September of 2008, when she was terminated. A university spokesman said the school, a private entity, does not discuss personnel matters.Continue reading
In a resignation letter obtained by the Northeast Ohio Media Group, dated December 17th, former fiscal manager Shawn Gidley explained that he once believed that his job “was making the City of Cleveland a better place to live.”
The City of Cleveland’s fiscal manager for the Public Safety Department has just issued his resignation, citing his inability to work for a city that refuses to prosecute Officer Timothy Loehmann. Loehmann fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice on November 22nd of last year.
Tamir had been “armed” only with a toy BB-gun, and had never aimed it at the officer who virtually shot him on sight, in spite of the 911 caller stating repeatedly that Rice was a juvenile and that the “gun” was likely a toy.
In a resignation letter obtained by the Northeast Ohio Media Group, dated December 17th, former fiscal manager Shawn Gidley explained that he once believed that his job “was making the City of Cleveland a better place to live.” Gidley explains that the shooting of Tamir Rice, and the refusal of the City of Cleveland to prosecute him, as well as “years of mismanagement, poor leadership and improper training in the Public Safety Department” led to his disillusionment with the city administration and have “ended with a child paying the ultimate price.”Continue reading
Activists are putting some hope in Washington: the Department of Justice hasopened separate civil rights probes into the Ferguson police force and Garner’s death. In Ferguson, voter-registration drives are under way ahead of April’s city council elections.
And the struggle has spread. On Dec. 3, after protesting the Garner grand jury decision at the federal courthouse in downtown St. Louis, Elzie glanced down at her phone. It was lighting up with tweets and texts tracking the night’s arrests, as well as updates from the demonstrations in New York. Like many in Ferguson, she was heading there the next day to join them.Continue reading