Denounce Police for Victim-Blaming Child Killed By Cop

Target: Steve Loomis, President of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association

Goal: Issue apology for saying that the settlement money issued to Tamir Rice’s family should be used to educate kids on the dangers of toy guns.

The Cleveland police union has essentially blamed a 12-year-old boy that was killed by a cop for his death through an insulting statement they issued following the $6 million dollar settlement from the city to the child’s family. The statement suggested that the grieving family “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.”

Tamir Rice was gunned down in a public playground while sitting on a bench with a toy gun. The boy was given almost no time to react between the moment the police barreled up to the bench in their police car and demanded he drop the gun and the firing of several shots that resulting in the 12-year-old’s death. It’s been widely speculated that the behavior of the officer was motivated by anti-black racism as children and adults wielding real guns are rarely if even gunned down by police in a similar manner.

The death of Tamir Rice was the result of the rash actions of a police officer who had been disciplined and fired in the past for unnecessary brutality. No child should have to fear that playing with a toy that looks like a gun might result in an early death, and the last thing that the Rice family should need to do is pay for instilling that fear. Cleveland needs to pay to train its officers not to automatically assume that a black child is a threat to their safety.

Sign our petition to demand that Steve Loomis, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, issues an apology for this cruel and thoughtless statement and pledges to focus his efforts on educating his police officers on proper conduct.


Dear Mr. Loomis,

You recently issued a statement saying that you hope the family of Tamir Rice uses the settlement money issued to them by the city of Cleveland to educated children on the dangers of real and replica firearms. This was an utterly heartless thing to say to a family that is enduring a prolonged grieving process due to the lack of justice they’ve received and the lack of compassion from people like you.

Tamir Rice did not die because he was playing with a toy gun. He died because of the ridiculous overreaction of a police officer who was not fit for duty and who the city of Cleveland failed to vet properly. He died because a racist cop saw a 12-year-old and somehow thought he was an adult, then shot him without giving him any time to react.

No children should have to fear being gunned down by police for playing with a toy. The adult police officers need to be educated in the proper way to assess and handle a situation in which there is no threat. We demand that you apologize to the Rice family for this cruel and thoughtless statement and commit to striving for the better training of the officers in your union.


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  1. If the money was for Tamir Rice’s family and it was not allocated to them per the legal settlement; failure to pay Rice’s family is money laundering and a violation of the RICO Act. Tamir Rice’s family will never have their child back. It is their money.

  2. This family shouldn t get any money. The boy was just 12 and astonishing was already playing with guns, most probably in the future would be a murderer, rapist and so on.
    The family, the parents for sure fail in their duty and obligations and now the tax payers pay. I bet they are much more happy with this nice way to make money than if they coukd get him back, they woukd say no. I had blacks offering me their kids without me asking, just because they want to get rid of them. Is always the same. When a white is killed by the police i DON’T SEE ANY PETITION AND CONSIDERING white had done all in africa and all over the world, i would think white lives are more important, just compare the number of criminals and the number of good decent ones in countries that supposely should be of white people, and there is a huge difference. Obama even said that blacks prefer to live in guethos, without working and just working in crime, than to integrate (they had more than time to integrate), and work and have decent honest lives, but as it was obama saying this all was ok, if happens to be a white would be the falling of the sky by the media and african american communities, but as it was obama is very well, just shows who are the racists. They have schools only for blacks, several places only for blacks why whites don’t? ah well we know. More of the same shit conversation. I don’t sign of course not.

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