#OnThisDay November 23, 2014 Tamir Rice, a Black 12-year-old child, died after being shot by police while playing with a toy gun in a park near his home in Cleveland, OH.

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This thread may be triggering for some. I wrote, and re-wrote, and re-wrote it again. Finally, I'm just going to use the script pretty much in its entirety from EJI.org. After yesterday's thread, I just can't.
Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy, died after was shot by a white police officer the day before. He was playing in a park near his Cleveland, OH home when a police car showed up. W/in seconds, before Tamir could be questioned or warned, Officer Timothy Loehmann shot him.
The officers were responding to a 911 dispatch in which a caller had reported that someone in the park was playing with a gun. The caller also explained to the dispatcher that the person was “probably a juvenile” and the gun was “probably fake.”
Tamir was, in fact, playing with a toy gun in the park—as countless children have—and was immediately shot to death by police despite posing no threat to anyone. And if it's a Black child, it only gets worse.
Immediately after the shooting, police tackled Tamir’s 14-year-old sister as she rushed to his side, handcuffed her and held her in the back of their squad car unable to comfort her injured brother.
Tamir’s mother was also prevented from going to her son, and threatened with arrest if she did not “calm down.” Neither Mr. Loehmann nor his partner, Frank Garmback, attempted to administer critical lifesaving procedures to Tamir as he lay bleeding immediately after the shooting.
After the December autopsy was released, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson reaffirmed his initial ruling that the shooting was a homicide and in June 2015, the Cleveland Municipal Court found probable cause for prosecutors to proceed with charges of murder.
County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty instead declared that he would wait to follow a grand jury’s recommendation. A grand jury ultimately refused to indict Mr. Loehmann on any charges.
So what happened to the two police officers? Even befor Timothy Loehmann became an officer with Cleveland, he worked as a cop in another city in OH. It discovered he resigned before being fired b/c it was seen he didn't have the emotional stability to be a cop.
The memo said he couldn't follow basic functions, had problems staying calm under pressure and handling weapons. He was fired for concealing details about his past employment in his job application.
On October 5, 2018, the city of Bellaire, Ohio, hired Loehmann as a part-time officer. Five days later, Loehmann withdrew his application to the Bellaire police department, and his training ceased.
Frank Garmback who was driving the police cruiser, has been a police officer in Cleveland since 2008. In 2014, the City of Cleveland paid $100,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit brought against him by a local woman.
According to her lawsuit, Garmback "rushed and placed her in a chokehold, tackled her to the ground, twisted her wrist and began hitting her body" and "such reckless, wanton and willful excessive use of force proximately caused bodily injury."
The woman had called the police to report a car blocking her driveway. The settlement does not appear in Garmback's personnel file. I couldn't figure out where Garmback is these days, but here's a longer article that goes into some detail.
The US DOJ, at the time allegedly led by Attorney General Bill "Low" Barr, didn't bring criminal charges against the two officers involved. (Barr resigned days before the official decision.)
The family filed a wrongful death suit against Loehmann, Garmback, and the City of Cleveland, which was settled for a total of about $6 million. The subsequent death of Michael Brown by police officers helped bring attention to the Tamir Rice murder.
I am proud to have worked on a commission that recommended state laws that will REFORM police departments in Maryland - removing qualified immunity, and knowing the past records of applicants, better training of officers and others major changes.

It took six years, y'all. It wasn't easy. Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the bills not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES. Thank YOU Speaker Adrienne Jones, Senate Leader Bill Ferguson, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Del. Alonzo Washington, among MANY others.

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