Category Archives: Black Lives Matter

Police Officer who Gunned Down Tamir Rice is Back in Uniform

Former Cleveland police officer, Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, has now been employed as low maintenance officer for the little Ohio town of Bellaire.

Bellaire Police Chief Richard Flanagan said he trusts Loehmann merits another opportunity. Flanagan said, “He was cleared of any and all wrongdoing. He was never charged. It’s over and done with.”

Loehmann was shockingly never arraigned by a grand jury for Rice’s murder and despite the fact that he was fired following the shooting, it wasn’t a direct result of the shooting itself but since he lied about his poor employment history as an officer. He was compelled to leave from his short residency with the Independence Police Department after he was dubbed unfit to be a cop. He additionally failed an exam given by the Maple Heights Police Department in Ohio in 2009.

Lawyer Subodh Chandra, who spoke to Rice’s family in a government unfair passing and social liberties claim, said Tamir Rice’s mom, Samaria Rice, holds firm in her conviction that Loehmann “doesn’t belong on any police force anywhere.”

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Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty Of Murder In Shooting Death Of LaQuan McDonald


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Somewhat surprisingly, former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty for the death  LaQuan McDonald. The fact many people are shocked a cop was taken to task is a testament to the state of the justice system. 

Van Dyke, who is white, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of the Black 17-year-old in 2014.

Reports CNN:

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke, who was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery, sat impassively in a dark suit — his shoulders slumped — as the verdicts were read in the high-profile case. At one point, he sipped water from a bottle. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.
The officer’s wife sat stoically, arms folded, as the long verdict was delivered. His father lowered his head while some members of the McDonald family held hands.
Van Dyke’s bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for October 31. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Van Dyke is reportedly the first Chicago police officer to be even charged with first-degree murder since 1980. Think about that.

The convicted murderer faces a minimum of 6 years in prison when he is sentenced.

Good riddance.