Police union called ‘monsters’ for telling Tamir Rice family what they should do with settlement money

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The Cleveland Police Union sparked some backlash with a statement following the settlement agreement with the family of Tamir Rice.

The settlement, announced Monday, awarded the family $6 million by the city of Cleveland, which acknowledged no fault in the death. The 12-year-old Rice was shot and killed by a trainee police officer in November 2014 after the boy allegedly pulled out what was later identified as a toy gun. An Ohio grand jury did not indict the officer in December, leading to the family’s wrongful death suit against the city.

Within hours of the settlement announcement, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, Stephen Loomis issued a statement to the media expressing hope that Rice’s family would use part of the money to educate children on the “mishandling” of real and toy guns.

“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,” the statement read.  “Something positive must come from this tragic loss. That would be educating youth of the dangers of possessing a real or replica firearm.”

Reaction on social media was swift as seen by this sampling of tweets gathered by Twitchy, below. Though many blasted the police union as “monsters,” some posted reminders that the airsoft pellet gun Rice was wielding when he was shot had the orange safety cap removed, making it harder to distinguish from a regular firearm and police are human beings who make split second calls.

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