This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 27, 2016:
In its feeble and failing attempt to allay the concerns of citizens just becoming aware of the deliberate attack on local police, National Public Radio enlisted the help of one of those involved: Daunasia Yancey. Yancy, a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement in Boston, said “I think that this ‘war on cops’ rhetoric is just another way to protect police from accountability. What they’re facing is not violence; it’s accountability.”
She should visit Cleveland and ask around about accountability. She should ask about fairness and justice and full disclosure. She should talk to the cops who have essentially been ignored in the shooting of Tamir Rice. She would find precious little of any of that.
Instead what she would find is a pattern there that has been repeated over and over again across the land: find an incident that, under ordinary circumstances, would be relegated to the second section: unfortunate, sad, but not worthy of a front-page headline, or headlines, repeated day after day. Not worthy of national attention, certainly. But the shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black, by a white police officer, had all the earmarks for promoting the agenda: local white cop shoots innocent black (and young, even better) and a grand jury finds them innocent.
A local leftist attorney wasted no time in filing a wrongful death suit against the city. Defendants included the two officers, the officers who hired them, the 911 dispatcher – in a word, anyone within the law enforcement community who had anything to do with the events that went down on Saturday, November 22, 2014. That was the day that Tamir Rice, playing with a toy Airsoft gun at a local playground that he borrowed from a friend, starting pointing it at people. An observer called 911 and it went downhill from there. A “Code One” was issued to officers nearby who raced to the scene fully expecting to find a “man with a gun.” When they got there that’s exactly what they found: a 195-pound man, 5’7’ tall, with a gun stuck in his belt. One of the officers shouted “Hands up!” and Rice, instead of obeying, reached for the gun. The officer fired two rounds, hitting Rice in the stomach.
Said Officer Timothy Loehmann: “With [Rice’s] hands pulling the gun out and his elbow coming up, I knew it was a gun and it was coming out. I saw the weapon coming out of his waistband and the threat to my partner and myself was real and active.”
Rice died the next day in the hospital.
It didn’t take attorney Subodh Chandra, a Yale Law School graduate and local high-octane litigator, long to seize the opportunity and make a point. When the $6 million settlement of his lawsuit was announced on Monday, Chandra spilled the beans about what was really at stake:
Regrettably, Tamir’s death is not an isolated event. The problem of police violence, especially in communities of color, is a crisis plaguing this nation. It is the Rice family’s sincere hope that Tamir’s death will stimulate a movement for genuine change in our society and our nation’s policing so that no family ever has to suffer a tragedy such a this again.
They lost a child. And they also feel, correctly, that they were cheated out of a fair criminal justice process. If the process had been fair, the family would have been willing to accept whatever result came out of it.
But because it was transparently unfair, it’s just hard for them. There is no justice here, and they will never have their beloved child back.
Notice, please, the operative and revealing words: “police violence,” “crisis” “plaguing,” “movement for genuine change in our society and our nation’s policing,” “cheated,” “justice,” and “unfair.” All of which tells the reader that, aside from hoping to get a massive payday (litigators like Chandra typically take a third of the settlement), there’s another agenda at work. If he can help paint the law enforcement officers as criminals, the justice system as corrupt, and Tamir Rice as just an unfortunate who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, then he’ll have accomplished much more than just a sweet payoff. He’ll have lent additional credibility to the lie that local police are corrupt, that they can’t be trusted, that the whole system is corrupt including the courts, leading inevitably and predictably to the conclusion that a national or federal police force would do a much better job.
That agenda has resulted in nearly $1 billion in similar payoffs by other cities suffering from similar lawsuits in cases that meet the left’s agenda. Think Michael Brown. Think Eric Garner.
It didn’t matter that the grand jury looked at all the facts, filling 224 pages with interviews of at least 27 people including teachers, friends, and the 911 caller himself. It didn’t matter that what the officers did was proper and “reasonable” under the circumstances. Lefties like law professor Guyora Binder at the University of Buffalo rejected all the grand jury had to say, rejected the conclusion that the officers were defending themselves against a perceived existential threat, and instead inserted logic that only a law professor could appreciate. Said Binder, “Officers are 20 times more likely to kill a civilian than to be killed by a civilian … [ergo] police face no greater risk of homicide than the general population.”
The narrative was joined by Cleveland’s left-wing Mayor, Frank Jackson (pictured above), loyal member of Michael Bloomberg’s MAIG (Mayors Against Illegal Guns) coalition, who ignored the agony being borne by the two officers when they discovered that they had shot an innocent boy and instead focused on Rice’s family: “There is no price that you can put on the life of a lost 12-year-old child.” Added Jackson:
I can’t speak to how difficult it must have been for the family of Tamir Rice. I can’t even speak to that, because it’s hard for me to imagine how I would feel and behave at that time….
At the end of the day, a 12-year-old child lost [his] life, and that should not have happened in the city of Cleveland. It should not have happened.
What about the officers? What about their pain and suffering? Their ordeal isn’t over. In fact, it is just beginning. AG Loretta Lynch has seen the opportunity to get involved in this local affair with an investigation that will probably last the rest of the year. There’s an internal department investigation still to be completed. And each officer will have this mark on his resume for as long as their law enforcement careers may last.
That the fix is in was made clear when a local paper, the Northeast Ohio Media Group, published information available to the media but conveniently ignored about Tamir’s parents. Samaria Rice and her husband Leonard Warner both sport long rap sheets, including Leonard’s “multiple convictions for the abuse of women.” Perhaps that’s why, in announcing the settlement, the city gave $250,000 to Samaria, another $250,000 to Tamir’s sister, and the balance to Tamir’s estate but nothing to Leonard.
This disclosure was totally unacceptable to the Huffington Post’s Nick Wing, who said that those facts really don’t matter, that they were intended instead to deflect concern away from the police officers’ bad behavior. Chris Quinn, the Media Group’s vice president of content, responded: “One way to stop police from killing any more 12-year-olds might be to understand the forces that lead children to undertake behavior that could put them in the sights of police guns.” Knowing such details, wrote Quinn, “can shed further light on why this 12-year-old was waving a weapon around a public park.”
The pattern of bias is clear, turning local unhappy events into national calamities because they happen to fit a pattern and an agenda. To hold that this incident is a one-off, unrelated to others, is to defy logic. The long arm of coincidence simply cannot reach that far.
The Wall Street Journal: Cleveland to Pay Family of Tamir Rice $6 Million
The New American: Grand Jury Declines to Indict Officers in Shooting of Tamir Rice
USAToday.com: Tamir Rice family to get $6M; Cleveland admits no wrong