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Cleveland Police Union Blames 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice For Being Some Kind Of Monster

by Shrill
Feb 28 11:30 am 2015

It is tempting to look at the problem of police brutality and try to summarize it into a problem we have the tools to repair. Then you read a quote like this one, about Tamir Rice.

“Tamir Rice is in the wrong,” he said. “He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body. Tamir looks to his left and sees a police car. He puts his gun in his waistband. Those people — 99 percent of the time those people run away from us. We don’t want him running into the rec center. That could be a whole other set of really bad events. They’re trying to flush him into the field. Frank is expecting the kid to run. The circumstances are so fluid and unique.

“The guy with the gun is not running. He’s walking toward us. He’s squaring off with Cleveland police and he has a gun. Loehmann is thinking, ‘Oh my God, he’s pulling it out of his waistband.’”

— Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Steve Loomis, as reported in Politico Magazine.


Even a mildly attentive reading of Loomis’s language and reasoning is both illuminating and alarming. Without the carefully tailored language of the written official statement, the constructive seams in the logic of the police officer begin to show. Far from admitting culpability in Rice’s death, Loomis neatly dismisses even the idea that this was just a tragic and fatal misunderstanding. Tamir Rice is guilty in the crime of his own death. Loomis denies Tamir the innocence of childhood because Tamir has the wrong body for a child. In America, I am beginning to realize, there are no black children, but black bodies of different sizes and threat levels, latent or active, primal and overgrown. Tamir lives in an indicted, criminal body, and it is for this reason that he deserved to die. It is because of the inherent criminality of the black body that Loomis’s logic assumes that Tamir is already guilty. Tamir, being already guilty, approached the police car because he wanted to gun down the police officers, rather than running away. This is one interpretation of Tamir’s behavior. The other interpretation, not even considered plausible enough to be explicitly dismissed, is that a 12-year-old boy sitting at a park bench would approach a police car because he believed the lie that the innocent have nothing to fear from the police. He believed the lie that the police were there to protect him, too. Loomis is old enough to know that this is a lie, and this is why he finds nothing wrong with Tamir’s death. There is no fog of apathy to be burned away, no ignorance to be replaced.

Read more at http://wonkette.com/577893/cleveland-police-union-blames-12-year-old-tamir-rice-for-being-some-kind-of-monster#hZlV55LGtxiwHoSz.99

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Neocon John Bolton's moustache is planning on running against Hillary as "Obama's 3rd term"

My ass wants to laugh.

Today must be neocon warmonger day.

Two of these motherfuckers ignored the terrorism spawned from our wars against Iraq... "We didn't start this war."

Fuck these people.

Now he's giving Bibi a rhetorical handjob.

Ricky the Nerd Perry is up there at CPAC right now screaming about Iranian "Nukular" weapons

These fuckers were just cracking jokes about the Bushes earlier and now they're applauding another Bush with a different face.

These people are morons.

What a warmongering corporate whore, throwing red meat on the stage.

If ever you hear some media talking head saying that the CPAC straw poll winner is a frontrunner...

They're spewing complete and utter bullshit.

Frankly, I'd love for the winner of that idiotic straw poll get a wing nut crown:




http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/cpac-straw-poll-results-2015-20150226

HERE'S HOW LIKELY IT IS FOR CPAC STRAW-POLL WINNERS TO BECOME GOP NOMINEES

The winner of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll usually ends up drawing the shortest straw. But in CPAC's 41-year history, only three poll winners have gone on to become Republican presidential nominees.

CPAC has recorded results for only 20 polls in that time (the outcomes of the others, if they happened, have been lost to history, according to a CPAC spokesman). But a 3-in-20 success rate shows that the straw polls are usually not a reliable predictor of who will nab the GOP nomination. Presidential hopefuls who did capture it—Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney—did so after triumphing in CPAC polls during election years. So for a more compelling prediction of the next conservative candidate for the White House, let's wait for the 2016 straw poll.


Let's see who the next loser is.

Geez, Gingrich is a fucking idiot

He's at CPAC right now, pretty much talking about shit that he doesn't even know about and getting applause for his bullshit.

What's striking about last night's Oscars was that it exposed a dichotomy in Hollywood

I suppose that you can say that there has always been two "Hollywoods."

There's the conservative Hollywood, white and hetero-supremacist, hell bent on protecting establishment themes and standardized images at all cost. This is the one that only thinks of the bottom line. It whitewashes the world for public consumption. It's the image of bland normality. It was this "Hollywood" that sanctioned the nominations for the Oscars.

And on the other hand, you have the artists, most of whom have considerable free time and money to further their own causes once they've achieved a certain level of success. From racial, gender, LGBTQ equality to suicide prevention, disability and family issues, they live it everyday. They know full well that establishment Hollywood only pays lip service to these issues that would never be associated with Hollywood unless the artists themselves lend considerable time and money to advocation and activism.

When the wingers excoriate Hollywood for being too liberal, they're actually pointing a finger at artist activism. The wingers are doing what they can to diminish the voices of those artists who speak out for the less fortunate. They couldn't give a tinker's damn about the establishment, corporate controlled side.

In many cases, the very same wingers are getting paid by the very same people who own and run the major studios. It's not their masters that they're waging a war of words against, it's the hired talent.

I love it when the artists take the few seconds they have on stage to speak for those whom establishment Hollywood stereotypes, misrepresents, diminishes and ignores. Regular people. Most artists were once regular people too... I love the fact that aside from their wealth, fame and success, many of them have never forgotten that.

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