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Statement regarding comments from Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, regarding the settlement of the Tamir Rice matter

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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.

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