Cleveland Officers and City of Cleveland sued by Rice Family

PDF of the Lawsuit filed by estate of Tamir Rice

(VARIOUS SOURCES)  Managing Editor’s Note:  I wanted to bring the full document of this lawsuit up top for a format change.  –JB

The family of Tamir Rice has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers who confronted him and the City of Cleveland.

Among the charges alleged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback are use of excessive force, deprivation of civil rights, and failure to secure medical attention for Rice in connection with the November 22, 2014 shooting.  The lawsuit also alleges that the City of Cleveland hiring practices failed to address serious deficiencies in training and supervision of the officers.  The Complete lawsuit is available in the link above.

This makes the third municipality where police officers have targeted African-Americans in lethal force.  The New York Police Department has dealt with the death of Eric Garner for months after Garner died from a chokehold by an officer and Ferguson, Missouri has had businesses burned because of the verdict in the grand jury investigation of now former Officer Darren Wilson, who resigned days after the Grand Jury could not indict him based on the evidence and testimony presented.

All three situations have caused the Justice Department to release new guidelines regarding racial profiling.  The full memorandum is available here.  The new memo “supersedes” a 2003 memorandum sent out under the term of former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Both Wilson and the NYPD officer were not indicted, and that caused protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

Critics are asking why Police Departments are considering those whom they are sworn to “serve and protect” as their enemy.

Federal Investigations are underway still in Ferguson, Missouri; New York, New York; and now Cleveland, Ohio.  They involve Civil Rights and Police Procedures.

Stay Tuned to this story as it is a developing situation and will be updated as details are provided.

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