It’s not often that I find myself in agreement with Cleveland Plain Dealer conservative blowhard Phillip Morris, but today that’s exactly what I did when I read his column regarding comments made by Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association (CPPA), over the six million dollar settlement the city has reached with the family of Tamir Rice, the twelve-year-old shot to death by trigger happy cops in 2014 for playing with a toy gun in public. This was what Loomis had the unmitigated gall to say:
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. We look forward to the possibility of working with the Rice family to achieve this common goal.
Morris is, as are many here in Cleveland, understandably outraged. A couple of cops murder a twelve-year-old playing with a toy, and then the city adds insult by charging the family $500 for the ambulance fee (which was quickly rescinded), and Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty effectively acted as the defense lawyer in the grand jury trial to prevent an indictment, so now the Cleveland Police Union’s president is chiming in dictating to the victim’s family how they should spend the money, as though they can expect to see so much as a penny of it considering how infamous Cleveland is for worming its way out of ponying up.
As Morris put it:
Loomis (or his ghost writer), presumably with a straight face, authored a statement saying he wants to help plan expenditures for the suddenly flush estate of Tamir — the same boy his officers killed.
Talk about world-class gall! That’s the definition. In one fell swoop, Loomis, unintentionally or not, managed to reduce the brief life and death of Tamir to a bloody windfall that should include Cleveland police union participation in its future administration.
It has undoubtedly occurred to Loomis that Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, has no interest in partnering with the union chief on any matter. The same probably goes for Tajai Rice, the boy’s teenage sister, who arrived at the Cudell Recreation Center moments after the shooting.
Loomis, after all, was among the most vocal public defenders of Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, the two officers involved in the shooting. But make no mistake about it.
That’s bad enough, but to give you an idea of just how horrendously racist Clevelanders can be, here are a few screen shots of the comments below Morris’ op-ed:
And people wonder why Cleveland is considered a sick joke by the rest of the nation.