Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stop Us Before We Kill Again

Talk about chutzpah:

Cleveland Police Patrolman Association President Steve Loomis issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying that “something positive must come from this tragic loss.”

“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,” Loomis said in the statement.

Yeah, kids, don’t play with toys because a cop may show up and shoot you.

It takes a certain amount of racism and prejudice to assume that a 12-year-old black kid in a playground is a killer who needs to be dropped ten seconds after arriving on the scene, and a certain amount of just plain evil to rub the kid’s family’s noses in it.

4 barks and woofs on “Stop Us Before We Kill Again

  1. The toy pistol the kid was waving around had the orange tip removed, thus looking like a real weapon. The 9-11 report said a kid was waving a pistol around, and doing so in a threatening manner.
    The kid, when told by the cop to drop the weapon, didn’t do that. So yes, and perhaps he did it too fast, the cop shot the kid. However did the cop realize it was a toy gun? Was the cop scared of being shot by this kid?
    We will never know exactly what the cop was thinking. Now just why did the parents let that kid take a realistic looking toy pistol out to a park?
    Perhaps both the cop and the parents were wrong? I don’t know, I wasn’t there, and I didn’t see it. However I cannot believe it was racism, just a scared rookie cop under extreme pressure and did what his training told him to do.

    • The car wasn’t even stopped when the cop opened fire. There is NFW the cop gave him even remotely enough warning.

      Every month there’s another case of a white guy wandering the streets waving a rifle or shotgun in a threatening manner, and in precisely ZERO of those instances does that person end up dead. Every one of those instances ends peacefully. But the black 12yo? Shot dead within a fraction of a second.

      No, race has nothing to do with it. Just an amazing coincidence.

    • We will never know exactly what the cop was thinking.

      The cop is not dead, so he can testify in court to exactly what he was thinking. That option is not available to Tamir Rice.

      Now just why did the parents let that kid take a realistic looking toy pistol out to a park?

      Perhaps it didn’t occur to them that a police car would pull up and open fire within 12 seconds. Kids go to the park with toys all the time, and also with items that can be lethal weapons like baseball bats.

      …just a scared rookie cop under extreme pressure and did what his training told him to do.

      Actually his training taught him not to open fire in a situation like that. And if a kid playing with a toy pistol in a park is “extreme pressure,” I hope he’s not on duty when faced with a real situation, like an old man yelling at traffic.

  2. 10 seconds, 12 seconds, no it wasn’t that. 12 seconds is actually plenty of time for an officer to get control of a situation, especially if he’s got his gun drawn. According to the video, it was 2 seconds between when the cop car pulled up and Tamir was shot dead. That’s not enough time for anyone to respond to an order like, “Drop the gun!” or “Get down on the ground!” Anyone would hesitate out of surprise and confusion at a moment like that, you, me, anyone. In this case, Tamir was hesitant and confused just long enough to get shot.

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