On Monday, the city of Cleveland settled a lawsuit with the surviving family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed by Cleveland Police in 2014. The amount the city will pay the family is $6 million total over the course of the next two years.
Rice’s death was captured on surveillance video. The footage showed police stopping their vehicle recklessly close to the child. Within only two seconds of their arrival, Officer Timothy Loehmann fired the fatal shot that killed the pre-teen.
The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association managed to uphold their classy reputation by sending out a letter expressing their “condolences” to the Rice family. Here’s the letter.
In the letter, the police union manages to blame once again Tamir Rice for getting shot by the police in the most disgusting passive aggressive manner you could imagine. They said:
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.
You can bet there will be sycophants who will rush to the union’s defense. They’ll say that the organization doesn’t serve the public, it’s a private union that’s only designed to help police officers.
While that may be true, police unions are also comprised of mostly former and current police officers, who swear an oath to “protect and serve” the citizens of their city. Even if the union felt the officers did nothing wrong, it doesn’t excuse their lack of basic human decency. One of their own shot and killed that family’s child. Whether it was an accident or murder doesn’t change that fact.
The police union sent this letter with the express purpose of telling the Rice family, the local black community, and anyone outraged by Tamir’s senseless death: F**K You.
The letter concludes by saying:
We look forward to the possibility of working with the Rice family to achieve this common goal.
It’s unfortunate that so many law enforcement agencies choose to adopt an “us versus them” attitude with regards to dealing with the public they serve.
And yet, these same organizations are quick to complain about a “war on cops” whenever the public expresses its outrage at their cavalier attitude towards these senseless killings.
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