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Breaking: Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Should Face Murder Charges, Judge Rules

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A judge determined that Timothy Loehmann—the officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice at a Cleveland-area park late last year—should face murder charges. His ruling was released Thursday afternoon, according to cleveland.com.

Civil rights activists fed-up with the slow progress in the case had used an obscure Ohio law to bypass prosecutors. CNN explains how this is possible:

The Ohio law allows "a private citizen" to file an affidavit with a municipal judge making an accusation of a crime. If it alleges a felony, a judge can "issue a warrant for the arrest of the person charged in the affidavit" if the judge deems it was filed in good faith and is meritorious. The law went into effect in 1960 and was amended in 1973.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department has completed an investigation into how police killed the boy. The results were handed over to prosecutors last week.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis called the activists' effort "mob rule." The association is the union for patrol officers.

"It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed 'activists, civil right leaders and clergy' must be," Loomis said in a statement. "I can't imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred."

The activists have every reason to be angry. Video surveillance established beyond any doubt that Loehmann's shooting of Rice was "the crulest thing I've ever seen," as the attorney for the Rice family put it. And given Loehmann's history of mental instability and incompetence with firearms, the notion that the Cleveland police department is partly responsible should not be easily dismissed.

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  1. “It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed ‘activists, civil right leaders and clergy’ must be,” Loomis said in a statement. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    Could that be because you don’t give a shit about kids being gunned down in the street by one of your constituents?

    1. At least we’re not consumed with gunning down kids with toy guns.

    2. When these activists include like actions against Blacks killing young Blacks, I might consider them perhaps not racists. The only time these Black racists get riled up is when the usual happens ; a Black kid NOT killed by another Black.These activists are pure scum, big lying scum at that.

      1. 12-year old kid gets murdered by a cop, and it’s those seeking justice who are the real racists.

        Got it.

        1. I’m sure “those seeking justice” hate you and other libertarians just as much as they hate the cops.

          1. That doesn’t make them wrong about this case. They may have giant ideological blinders on, but at least their blinders won’t make them overlook this particular murder.

          2. I am one of “those seeking justice” and I am a libertarian. Every libertarian should be invested in the rule of law. Its hard to imagine a case that could be more important to those who advocate small, rational government than the murder of a child by an out of control police officer.

            1. He was a 12 year old future gangster. Just as Tom Cruise.

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        2. No, you don’t “got it”.

          I guess you asshats haven’t noticed that the blacks have declared war on cops and are being encouraged by Obama and Holder. This kid was not only walking around with a pellet gun that did not have the legally required red tip (it looked like a real firearm) but he pointed it at the cops.

          I guess in your alternate universe it’s ok if cops get killed. Damn fools. You are sickening.

      2. Still does alter the fact that the “Uniform” in question drove up close to Mr. Rice. Gave him a very short time to respond and then opened fire.

        Mr. Rice is not responsible for what the “scum” do. Nor is “Uniform”. They are each responsible for what they did.

        1. Does it dawn on you that one drove and the other fired? That the rookie was just along for the ride, doing what he was told, as his training officer barrelled into a tactically absurd position where young Tamir inexplicably reached for a weapon he’d already been warned looked too real (by the friend who gave it to him).

          This is a horrible case, and the driving offier was beyond negligent, but it was not murder.

      3. Yeah blacks just don’t give a shit about dying as long as it’s at the hands of another black. Only you and other whites who constantly talk about it really care about that issue. See you at the next community organizing meeting?

        1. FUCK OFF TONY. You are no better than Arthur 45. You are a fraud,

      4. AND WHY IS THERE NO WHITE HISTORY MONTH?!?

      5. Damn son, when Tony makes a point that is saner and more salient than you, you’re really doing it wrong.

        1. It’s the WHITE TONY’S BURDEN.

      6. Stupid in so many ways, Arthur. May you be sentenced to Stupid Hell for all eternity.

        1. Seems to me that is a fait acompli

    3. Offissa Timmy was inforrcin’ th’ law iv the land whin he put th’ abandoned child out iv his miz’ry. An honest man wu’d recognize th’ reel culprits in th’ tragiddy wurr th’ naygligent parrents who simply let th’ poor child play outside with his toy. Child Prrtectiv’ Serrvices will leap to th’ defense iv brrave offissa Timmy against th’ consumtive, angry an’ hateful lynch mob n’ rightly insist th’ crool parents be trried as the trrue felons, marrk my wurrrds!

      1. Gladys Kravitz should be “Bewitched” into a BDSM alternative universe.

  2. I don’t think the police union rep understands the definition of a mob. The last time I checked a private citizen doesn’t equal a mob. Also, I’m pretty sure his job is to enforce the law. This provision is part of the law, so I’m not sure why he’s upset. No doubt it’s my lack of expert police training.

    1. I think we should run with this.

      The next time they say they got a warrant, we should remind them that according to their union rep that they are still behaving as a mob. 🙂

    2. Mobs also don’t petition the court using obscure criminal procedure laws.

      “Follow me! We must immediately find a lawyer!… Who’ll draft a well-reasoned affidavits regarding Ohio Revised Code 2359.09… Well-regarded community leaders shall sign these affidavits and have them properly-filed… We shall then wait the requisite statutory period… and then the judge shall issue his opinion which shall, we hope, be in our favor!

      “WHO’S WITH ME!!!!”

      1. Well I must point out that there’s nothing prohibiting petitioning the court while carrying torches and pitchforks.

        1. …. and wood-chippers!

          1. The 2015 Woodchipper Responsibility Act will put an end to that nonsense.

            1. That should keep assault woodchoppers out of the hands of criminals forever.

              1. needs more concealed woodchipper ban

        2. Or RPG’s.

      2. That’s like the worst mob ever. It’s like they don’t have a single torch, pitchfork or stray brick. They don’t even have the traditional tar and feathers.

      1. He doesn’t need one of those horseshoe-shaped pillows when he flies.

      2. Is it the job which molds them, or the already-molded applies for and gets the job?

  3. “It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed ‘activists, civil right leaders and clergy’ must be,” Loomis said in a statement. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    You know what’s really sad? That kid is dead. For no reason at all.

    I’d say this guy should imagine being the kid’s parents, but I doubt he has a single shred of empathy or he wouldn’t be the president of a patrol union.

    1. This is an absolutely stunning degree of obliviousness. Even if this guy disagrees with the judge’s ruling, this kind of comment is exactly why certain communities feel completely at odds with the police.

      1. Exactly. What’s interesting to me is that this guy must believe that regular, average people agree with him, or he wouldn’t have said it, right? Such a disconnect between his mind and reality.

        1. I’m not so sure that Steve Loomis believes that regular people agree with him – I rather think he doesn’t care and CYA for one of his brothers in blue is more important.

          Steve Loomis is the sort of person who we could figuratively wish to find a visit to the business end of well, you know…

          Disclaimer: I personally intend no malice or ill-will. This speech is hyperbole, not meant to represent or incite any violent behavior.

          1. Disclaimer: I personally intend no malice or ill-will. This speech is hyperbole, not meant to represent or incite any violent behavior.

            Please stop threatening to murder me and my entire family and every person who lives in my State with fire. I can see the threat implied behind these words and have notified the proper authorities.

            /cunt judge

      2. “certain communities”

        You mean, “not the police or families of police”?

    2. I’d say this guy should imagine being the kid’s parents, but I doubt he has a single shred of empathy or he wouldn’t be the president of a patrol union.

      He is after all, the regional leader of a professional group whose ranks are brimming with sociopaths. When your system of law is arbitrary and capricious, what other kind of person could possibly enforce it?

  4. Video surveillance established beyond any doubt that Loehmann’s shooting of Rice was “the crulest thing I’ve ever seen,” as the attorney for the Rice family put it.

    WTF?!?

    Video evidence can establish a sequence of events, but establish a subjective judgement relating to cruelty?

    Robby, you might want to fix that sentence, because I suspect you munged two sentences together.

    1. No, that’s about the level of accuracy, objectivity and fact-based analysis one expects from Reason.

  5. “It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed ‘activists, civil right leaders and clergy’ must be,” Loomis said in a statement. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    My god, the projection is so thick that there is no visibility at all!

    1. “How DARE you be upset when we execute one of your loved ones!”

  6. Setting new standards for myself, hoping to elevate the blog a little big (in light of recent events), I will do no more than three dick jokes per thread dealing with the tragic death of a youth.

    1. How about one three dick joke? Throw in some cat and it could be a very happy day

      1. My three favorite dicks:

        Dick Van Dyke

        Dick Cavett

        Officer Steve Loomis

  7. Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Should Face Murder Charges, Judge Rules

    How many volts will the charges be? Is a woodchipper too humane?

    1. Is a woodchipper too humane?

      For this walking diaper stain? Yes. The boats is too humane.

      1. Something something special place in hell something something

      2. The boats is a good idea, but it takes too long. It should be reserved for those who deserve special attention from the Drug War Crimes Tribunal (erected with irony aforethought in Nuremberg, PA). And yes, I consider this event part of the Drug War, because the “nigger got a gun” mindset of this cop comes from the Drug War.

        This cop for sure. Also the sick fucks who get off on throwing flash-bangs into a baby’s crib.

        For the rest, we need something quicker, if more humane. It’s a long list.

  8. So now, the same prosecutors that were dragging their feet over the investigation get to, what, handle the trial? It’s a fait accompli. Why bother with the criminal justice theatre?

    1. Why bother with the criminal justice theatre?

      The show must go on.

    2. Why bother with the security theater? Why bother with the legislative theater? Why bother with the electoral theater? Because whole swathes of people have built their careers on keeping the motions going.

      LUCILLA: Commodus, the senate has its uses.
      COMMODUS: What uses? All they do is talk. Talk. …It should have been only me, and you, and Rome.
      LUCILLA: Don’t even think that, Commodus. There has always been a senate…
      COMMODUS: Rome has changed. It takes an Emperor to rule an empire.
      LUCILLA: Of course, but leave the people their…
      COMMODUS: Illusions?
      LUCILLA: …traditions.

      1. COMMODUS: Rome has changed. It takes an Emperor to rule an empire.

        In modern speak, this is replaced with “The Framers never thought of [fill in the blank]”

        1. It is a “living” document, not a suicide pact !!!!!11!!1

      2. Great movie.

      3. Fear, fear of this battle station, will keep the unruly states in line…

  9. the jury should find him guilty and sentence him within 2 seconds of the trial starting.

    1. That would be pretty awesome to see if you think about it.

      Opening statements begin.

      Defense attorney: “….And that, ladies and gentleman of the jury, is why there was no crime that day and we are confident that at the close of all of the evidence, you will only be able to return one verdict: Not Guilty.”
      Foreman: “Okay, we’re ready to go back and deliberate.”
      Judge: “Uhhh, wha- You haven’t heard any evidence yet.”
      Foreman: “We’re all good.” (looking around and gets a bunch of head nods in affirmation)

      1. saweeet

      2. Judge: “But don’t you need to hear any further statements..”
        Foreman: (interrupting) “The evidence shows the deceased was 12 years old, right?”
        Judge: “Yes, that’s correct…”
        Foreman: “And he was playing by himself – there were no other purported assailants in the vicinity, correct?”
        Judge: “Yes, that has been established…”
        Foreman: “…and he was playing with a toy?”
        Judge: “Yes..”
        Foreman: “And then this pig shot him TWICE?”
        Judge: ” Ahh, yes…”
        Foreman: “Don’t get up, we’ll be right back”

        1. Caray… escribes muy bien Tejicano!

    2. Nah, then it would give the bastard a basis for appealing.

  10. “It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed ‘activists, civil right leaders and clergy’ must be,” Loomis said in a statement. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    Well I can’t imagine being such a miserable little shit bag who defends murderers as long as they wear the right uniform. Eat a bag of dicks, asshole.

    ***disclaimer: I do not have a bag of dicks, and have no plans to actually travel to Cleveland and force feed Steve Loomis a bunch of dicks, however satisfying it may be to watch this piece of shit choke on a dick. The above comments were intended as hyperbole, and an expression of my first ammendment right to comment on matters of public record on the internet.***

    1. I wonder if the Pig Union can be found at fault on this one. They had a mob of their guys there, dressed in their gang colors, brandishing weapons, gunning down an innocent, unarmed kid.

      The statement by Loomis is heartless. What a bastard.

        1. SUAVE

        2. If only. They can use RICO to go after abortion protesters but not cop unions.

  11. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    You mean like the cop who gunned down Tamir Rice?

    1. Naw, the cop that shot the kid had no anger or hatred.
      They don’t hire cops with emotions.

      It’s reflex, like shooting puppies in a SWAT raid: you see him, you shoot him.

  12. OT: The American Dream is dead at 69.

    http://www.foxnews.com/enterta…..dies-at-6/

    1. no, it died at 7:01.

        1. Je suis, Dusty.

  13. Well. That’s unexpected good news.

    1. It is. So what’s the next step? An actual trial by jury or…?

      1. I believe that, under Ohio law, the next step is the traditional trial by square dance. There may or may not be johnnycakes involved, I forget.

        1. Sounds like a cakewalk to me.

        2. Doesn’t Cleveland march to its own drum machine?

          1. Cleveland is a Yankee town in a hillbilly land. They’ll do as they’re told by their cow pasture masters.

  14. Are clergy self-appointed? Learn something new everyday…

    1. Oh, ya just gotta love that line about self-appointed roles. He really is a power-fellator, based on that statement: Oh, you took these roles on yourselves; you didn’t get permission from the right authorities!

      Loomis, we don’t need your permission, or anyone else’s to be in any role like the ones you mentioned. Don’t like it? You can GTFO.

  15. The Ohio law allows “a private citizen” to file an affidavit with a municipal judge making an accusation of a crime.

    “Now let them prosecute it.”

    1. I definitely see a serious crime on that video.

      1. Discharging your firearm without being sure of the area behind it?

        1. We call that “following procedures”.

      2. Playa have you sunk to responding to your own posts ?

        Shades of Tonyism.

        At least you made no attempt to change handles.

        1. I see shades of something here. Thank you for your valuable contribution. I assure you that it didn’t go unnoticed.

  16. That cop should be taken out back and shot. Then the corpse should be run through a woodchipper.

    This really is a great new meme. Thanks, Preety!

    1. And then his soul goes to a special place in hell?

      1. That would presuppose the possession of a soul.

        Objection! Witness stating facts not in evidence!

      2. No, he merely has reservations for a special place in hell. How to get there is another question entirely…

    2. When he is found guilty he could be subject to lethal injection. We don’t use firing squads in Ohio. I wish Old Sparky were still in service for this f*wad, however.

      1. Yeah, and too bad Percival Wetmore wouldn’t be around to not soak the sponges before the chair was fired up, too.

        1. Using artificial sponge, not sea sponge.

          (NB This was found to be the cause of one of the more spectacular electrocutions that some say violated the 8th Amendment)

  17. Send the pig to slaughter. Good riddance.

  18. Charged doesn’t mean convicted.

    If this pans out like 99.9999% of past cases of police murder, the cops will be found innocent and be reinstated with back-pay.

    1. i don’t know about this one. a “justified shooting” defense really only works with two conditions: the jury believes the officer feared for his life, and the deceased did something to justify that fear. i can see the jury debating the first condition – it’s hard to know what’s in someone’s mind, and officers will likely get the benefit of the doubt.

      but as for Tamir doing something to instill that fear? the cops were the ones who created the deadly situation by flying up to a 12 year old without warning. if they, from 20-30 yards away, yelled at him to drop the gun and he raised his arms then sure, it’s probably justified. but the way this played out there was likely nothing Tamir could have done to NOT get shot. it’s not murder in the 1st, but the officers created a situation where Tamir’s fate was sealed regardless of how he reacted. negligent homicide at the least.

      1. If there are cops in the courtroom it’ll be a hung jury or an acquittal. The jurors have families, they don’t want their wives and/or daughters raped, their husbands and/or sons beaten within an inch of their lives, killed or framed.

        1. Which is how they got away with beating a homeless man in California. Seems to me judges should have better things to do from the bench than easing their Butt-Hurt with Tabasco. Keeping cops from jury intimidation (which is a crime if anyone lacking a badge does it) topping the list.

  19. Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis called the activists’ effort “mob rule.”

    Yeah. Poke that sleeping dragon some more, Loomis.

    1. He wants a riot of his own.

      1. It would be in his interest to have a riot, so he can call for more power for himself.

        And that’s one of many reasons why riots in modern American are wrong.

        1. Not only are they wrong, but they’re done wrong. When rioting, one doesn’t burn down your OWN neighborhood, one is supposed to burn down the oppressor’s neighborhood.

          1. Did you read how the St. Louis area towns are set up? The prosecutor in one town is an alderman in the neighboring town and vice versa. In a sense the oppressor’s neighborhood IS their own neighborhood.

          2. BuSab many of these posters are paid posters and aren’t local so none of these neighborhoods are theirs.

            1. I meant to type protesters and not posters.

              1. Tulpa have you sunk to responding to your own posts?

                Shades of youism.

                At least you made no attempt to change handles.

              2. Nice use of irony, OneOut.

          3. But isn’t that the same place as your neighborhood?

    2. He should be taken out and… never mind, it’s getting old.

      1. But does it have candy?

      2. … fed lots of pie!

        *looks at picture upthread*

        Oh. That sentence has already been carried out, I see.

      3. From new to old in 26 minutes.

      4. Well, that are always pit bulls – or Dobermans if you’re still stuck in the 1970s.

      5. Freshen things up with a new temporary handle; ‘Old Man With Woodchips’

  20. What’s interesting to me is that this guy must believe that regular, average people agree with him, or he wouldn’t have said it, right?

    More likely, he thinks of regular, average people as a nuisance, roughly on the order of dog shit on his shoe.

  21. Government employee unions – government lobbying for itself to become bigger!

  22. Congrats to the activists on their success. May many more follow.

  23. Still requires a Prosecutor to take on the case, unlike a Grand Jury indictment

  24. The Ohio law allows “a private citizen” to file an affidavit with a municipal judge making an accusation of a crime.

    Watch that law get repealed real quick.

    I wonder how many other states have that law?

  25. The Ohio law allows “a private citizen” to file an affidavit with a municipal judge making an accusation of a crime. If it alleges a felony, a judge can “issue a warrant for the arrest of the person charged in the affidavit” if the judge deems it was filed in good faith and is meritorious. The law went into effect in 1960 and was amended in 1973.

    I really like that law. Provides a small but meaningful instrument against the politically connected.

  26. Wow…the Brits have something like that, or at least they used to. It’s called, or was called, a “private prosecution.”

    1. The common law is the law of liberty and justice. Statutory law is the law of power and injustice.

  27. What would Officer Retard think if he learned about how private criminal prosecutions used to be part of the common law, and are still allowed to some extent in the laws of various countries?

  28. “It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed ‘activists, civil right leaders and clergy’ must be,” Loomis said in a statement. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    Can’t imagine it, huh? Maybe that’s because your child wasn’t murdered by police.

    What an absolute bastard. A 12-year-old boy shot dead and this is what he says. And this is the head of the police union. Now tell me again why it’s paranoid to think that you might want to arm yourself against the government?

    None of which should in any way imply that I condone or even encourage anyone to resist aggression on the part of government agents in kind. Believe me, when I say that if Tamir Rice had a real weapon and meant to use it he’d be alive today, I am in no way advocating that people shoot out-of-control police if necessary for self-defense, even if such an act has been upheld as legal in several different cases.

    1. If Tamir Rice had had a real weapon and looked like a credible threat– as was demonstrated in other cases where cops were in ACTUAL fear for their lives (Chris Dorner, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell), rather than CYA “fear for their lives”– they would have hung back, summoned dozens more cops to the scene and sprayed hundreds of rounds at anything that moved.

      1. You’re exactly right.

  29. Condescending hate, and condescending sympathy are both an enemy of Human dignity.

  30. Agree for the most part, but in this case Loomis has done much to earn the scorn he rightly deserves. You just can’t shrug off shit like this, doing so will allow it to continue.

  31. “Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association”

    Why do you little union mopes always come up with these euphemisms for your unions? Why can’t you tell the truth in the title of your “organization”?

    1. Police Officer Crime Family doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  32. Can’t imagine being so consumed with anger and hatred, huh? Well how else can you explain a human being willfully murdering a child?

    Seriously, putting aside whether or not the one cop thought Tamir had a gun ( and don’t give me this “Airsoft is a real gun” shit ) how, as a normal, morally-functioning human, do you see a kid and immediately shoot? What do you have to be thinking about that kid to allow yourself to do that? Is it racism? Do you just not see people who look different as real humans? Is it some kind of sociopathy or narcissism? There was clearly a history of mental health issues with this guy.

  33. Naygurs,’ we say, ‘poor, dissolute, uncovered wretches,’ says we, whin th’ crool hand iv Jeff Davis forged man’cles f’r ye’er limbs who was it sthruck off th’ comealongs? We did, by dad, Ohio Yankees led by the Sherman brothers marrchin’ thru Georgia to th’ say. An’ now we own ye, ye mis’rable, childish-minded apes, we propose f’r to larn ye th’ uses iv liberty! Empty y’r pockets an’ git down on th’ ground an’ we’ll larn ye t’be consumed with anger an’ hatred, we will!

  34. “I can’t imagine being so very consumed with anger and hatred.”

    Says the guy whose kid was not murdered by an incompetent cop.

    I was talking to cop the other day who was absolutely adamant that the Tamir Rice murder was “a good shoot, but bad tactics”. Translated; ‘the officer was right to kill the kid, the only problem is that he didn’t kill the kid even more betterer than he did.’

  35. Why would Tamir Rice’s parents or guardians
    allow him to play with a realistic looking toy gun
    that was altered to make it appear even more realistic?

  36. One thing I haven’t seen mentioned in this story is that Ohio is an open carry state. Those defending the cops are going to great lengths to make sure the public believes the police thought it was a real gun. But… I repeat… it is an open carry state. Even if the gun had been real, it’s not illegal to carry it.

  37. A link to the video would bring clarity to this article.

  38. Hmmm. After reading some of you people’s ignorant anti cop comments, maybe you should also be charged for making threatening comments.

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