Think of this as a bookend to John’s post below. This isn’t a problem of a few bad apples. Police violence against people of color occurs within a culture of contempt for people of color. How else to explain the head of the
Chicago [errr…] Cleveland* police union’s decision to rub yet more salt in the wounds of Tamir Rice’s family:
Cleveland Police Patrolman Association President Steve Loomis issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying that “something positive must come from this tragic loss.”
“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 said in the statement.
Yo! Officer Loomis. There was some definite mishandling of firearms in the context of Rice’s death. All of it by your cops.
How about you take some of that taxpayer cash that pays your salary and use it to acquire a very rusty farm implement.
Which you can then use upon your nether regions.
Seriously. How much of a stone racist asshole do you have to be to insist, again, that it is the Black kid’s fault that he interrupted a bullet with his body? How much of just a miserable human being do you have to be to choose this day and this vicious line of attack to add to the pain Tamir Rice’s family will never leave behind?
I can’t even.
There is a personal cruelty here that is contemptible. A civilized society would spit on the street whenever Mr. Loomis passes by.
*Because all those midwestern “C” cities sound alike when you’re so pissed off you can’t see.
Image: Master of the Karlsruhe Passion, Capture of Jesus Christ, c. 1450.