Anyone who has ever wondered whether 'tone deafness' is a real thing need look no further than the police union's leadership. Reflecting in a few breaths all that is wrong with Cleveland's police division, Steve Loomis managed to (1) blame the victim, (2) equate a mother losing her 12-year-old child with officers facing public scrutiny for killing that child, and (3) demand money from the victim's family. Loomis's comments suggest that his union still doesn't comprehend that Cleveland's police division needs a complete cultural transformation: from not hiring incompetents, to better training, to vastly greater accountability. If Loomis's attitude truly reflects rank-and-file officers' attitudes, then we Clevelanders are all still in deep trouble.
The City of Cleveland has agreed to payment of $6 million to settle the federal civil-rights lawsuit involving the tragic death of Tamir Rice. Although historic in financial terms, no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a life. Tamir was 12 years old when police shot and killed him ― a young boy with his entire life ahead of him, full of potential and promise.