Police union president responds to activists’ call for charges in Tamir Rice case

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association has released a letter in response to a call by community activists for a judge to charge officers in the Tamir Rice case.

Tuesday, eight people filed affidavits for probable cause, asking for a judge to issue arrest warrants and charge the officers with several counts, including murder. The judge said he would consider the filings; there is no time frame on when he may make a decision.

A press conference was held after the documents were filed.

**For more on that press conference, click here.**

Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis gave the following statement to the Fox 8 I-Team Tuesday morning:

“It is very sad how miserable the lives of these self-appointed “activists, civil rights leaders and clergy” must be. I can’t imagined being so very consumed with anger and hatred. The FACT is that police officers are responsible for their actions based on the information they had AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT and NOT through 20/20 hindsight.”

In a lengthy letter issued later in the day and addressed to “citizens,” Loomis also said:

“While they continue to exploit the absolute tragedy of this incident to selfishly further their agendas, they continue to ignore the FACT that a 5’8” tall 191 pound person pulled a replica Colt 45 handgun out of his waistband as two uniformed police officers in a marked Cleveland police car were approaching him while responding to a “gun run.”

He added:

“Trying to coerce public officials into filing a criminal charge under direct/indirect threat of mob rule is a very dangerous game. These continued attempts to hijack rule of law and the constitutional process afforded to ALL citizens is a VERY dangerous idea and IS NOT in the best interest of a civilized and law abiding society.”

For the full statement, click here.

Police shot and killed Rice last November. They received a call about a male pointing a gun at people outside the Cudell Recreation Center. Investigators found he had an air soft pistol that looked like a powerful handgun.

The investigation is currently in the hands of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Continuing coverage of the shooting of Tamir Rice here.

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