Tamir Rice settlement remarks by police union president may just be 'playing to constituency,' NAACP attorney says
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The attorney for the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP said Tuesday that he thinks a recent statement from the president of a union representing Cleveland police is "playing to the constituency he represents."
James Hardiman reflected on the comments that Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association President Steve Loomis made following the announcement of a $6 million settlement in the Tamir Rice case.
Loomis sent a news release after the settlement was announced that said "we can only hope the Rice family and their attorneys will use a portion of this settlement to help educate the youth of Cleveland in the dangers associated with the mishandling of both real and facsimile firearms."
Loomis' news release, like other statements before it, was widely controversial.