Timothy Loehmann was not indicted for the shooting but was fired from the Cleveland department for lying about his poor job history as an officer.
Electing a president whom Colin Powell calls "an international pariah" might please those who like nothing better than "sticking it" to friends and enemies alike. Shall America model itself on Trump by being pathologically thin-skinned, stiffing our creditors, and evading responsibility? With such a leader, who needs enemies?
But no word on whether the cops he represents need similar training.
This difference, of how our society perceives black and white children is what makes the juxtaposition of Couch and Rice particularly compelling. The individuals within the cogs of the criminal justice system examining the liability of Officers Loehmann and Garmback in the death of Tamir Rice absolved them of responsibility in Rice's tragic death.
Tamir Rice was not on trial, but he might as well have been.
The prosecutor made it abundantly clear he wanted the two cops to walk.
The decision came more than a year after the boy was killed while playing in a Cleveland park.
The prosecutor has been a target of criticism by activists and attorneys for Tamir's family for what they perceive as delays in presenting evidence to the grand jury.
The judge also found there was probable cause to charge officer Frank Garmback, Loehmann's partner, with negligent homicide
We have come to a very dangerous point in our history. The protests will only intensify. The American public will be paying much closer attention from both sides of the polarization. The problems are complex and multi-layered. The police force is merely acting as the tip-of-the-spear.
Loehmann quit the force days after Polak’s memo was sent out, citing “personal reasons.” His personnel file classified him