As Twitchy reported, the City of Cleveland has reached a settlement where it will pay the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot and killed by a trainee police officer, $6 million over two years. As part of the settlement, the city admits no fault in Rice’s death.
Also today, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association issued a statement to the media expressing its hope that the Rice family would use some of the $6 million “to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms.”
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) April 25, 2016
Shorter Cleveland Police Union: "I hope you use this settlement from us shooting your son dead to teach kids how to not get shot dead."
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner I wonder if they'll use any of their union dues to educate the officers on how to recognize a toy and not just shoot on site.
— Chuck Gamble (@ChuckGamble1968) April 25, 2016
— Aaron Whitrock (@AaronWhitrock) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner Can they really be this horrible? They can't, can they?
— Aggie (@Weiland87) April 25, 2016
— Bijan C. Bayne (@bijancbayne) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner Sorry we shot your son, it was a tragedy for us. It was his fault though
— Dan (@DoghouseDano) April 25, 2016
— Robert Brown (@truthtold8) April 25, 2016
— boston (@narents) April 25, 2016
— Jesse LaGreca (@JesseLaGreca) April 25, 2016
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) April 25, 2016
— Daniel (@thedrtaylor) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner Between this goon and Piers Morgan, I just don't want to hear from any more straight white men today.
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner Unreal. I cannot even grasp how they think it is OK to offer advice on what to do with the money, let alone the actual advice.
— Kristen M. Ploetz (@littlelodestar) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner What a vile and disgusting statement coming from Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. Nobody's falling for it, either.
— JOBoomr (@JOBoomr) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner way to blame victims in fucking credible. Its like blaming a rape victim for wearing certain clothes level of disgusting.
— The Artist ☔ ☔ ☔ (@CplxSimplicity) April 25, 2016
— Alexandra H-H (@AlexandraH_H13) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner I simply can't with this. Unbelievable!
— Edith Gaitho (@MonroeG5) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner literally zero people asked for their opinion on what the Rice family should do with the settlement money. ZERO
— Veronique (@VeroniqueEtc) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner Now, they want the Rice family money. Unreal
— ORE B.T (@BeasunshineA) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner Hope who ever approved this goes to a special hell.
— Mackdiva (@terriadele) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner I keep pinching myself. This has GOT to be a dream. NOBODY is this damn stupid.
— Brendt Wayne Waters (@bwsqrd) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner this letter would have been reviewed and approved by multiple people. Shocked that NO ONE stopped it
— Craig Shreve (@ShreveyWonder) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner FUCK THE POLICE
— 1upclock (@1upclock) April 25, 2016
— Cannibal Holiday (@CannibalHoliday) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner this is how they talk to ppl who lost their child ? no respect for his humanity
— Wareegleey (@coldnomadd) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner That's one of the most heinous and despicable things I've ever read.
— Donna Jones (@withdiamonds1) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner I've been searching for an adjective to describe this, and all I have is "evil."
— Stephen Martin (@screevo) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner How about they don't shoot every black person they see.
— Suzanne Lemire (@lemire_suzanne) April 25, 2016
@chrisgeidner It sounds like the Anglo- grievance dog whistle in a bitter key.
— pjkool (@pjkool) April 25, 2016
Instead of telling Rice family how to spend money from CPD cops killing their son, how about empathy. Doesn't cost anything. @chrisgeidner
— lawhawk (@lawhawk) April 26, 2016
@chrisgeidner maybe they should teach cops to get out of their car and give a child a chance to drop their toy guns before they shoot them
— Bill Nagorski (@BNagorski) April 26, 2016
— Sandra Kearns (@Kearns_SL) April 25, 2016
— Alex Edwards (@ohgodscrewthis) April 26, 2016
@chrisgeidner They have balls huh. They're on a roll as of late in their smugness & murder. Thanks for the share.
— embracemaddness (@celestepewter) April 25, 2016
The death of a child is tragic, and the timing and content of the CPPA’s letter is highly questionable, but rarely mentioned in media reports is the claim that the friend who traded the air pistol to Rice told police that the gun had malfunctioned, and after taking it apart and reassembling it, he was unable to get the “orange tip” (a highly visible indicator that the gun was a toy) back on. Someone should step up and teach children, if nothing else, not to tamper with that safety tip.