Detective Steve Loomis made himself famous after the death of Tamir Rice. He not only defended the police officer who shot Rice to death within seconds of arriving on the scene, but he went on to criticize the 12-year-old for his own death. Tamir Rice wasn’t just a child playing with an unfortunately real looking toy gun but a “menace” with an “adult-sized body.”
I am always shocked when police describe how big and strong young black men look. I’ve still never heard a white child described in terms of size after a tragic incident. It’s almost as if they are asking us to overlook the mistakes made by police and just accept that unstable children of a certain size simply need to be put down for public safety.
Loomis took a similarly disgusting line of argument this morning on Fox News in response to the Baton Rouge shooting. Before any of the details of the case came in, he called up Fox to blame Obama for this and presumably all other police shootings in recent history. The most important piece of evidence for Mr. Loomis was that the gunman was black:
Absolutely heart-wrenching watching what is going on in Baton Rouge right now and the reasons behind it. You know this all began — the Dallas police officers being ambushed and murdered. Baton Rouge, this looks like the same thing. This all began with a 911 call from an African-American male saying another African-America male was pointing a gun at him.
He later went on to ensure viewers that the consistent killing of black men by police has nothing to do with the incident in Dallas even though the gunmen openly called his murderous actions “retaliation” against police. Loomis believes that Obama is to blame for daring to ask any questions about the long list of dead black men rather than sweeping it under the carpet as a more conservative and less white President might have done:
The president of the United States validated the false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the media are pressing out there to the public. Validated it with his very divisive statements and now we see an escalation. This has got to end. We need some leadership in this country.
Just to be clear, President Obama has never called for any type of violent action towards police. In fact, just this week he praised the efforts of the Dallas police department to reduce the number of police shootings. He spoke about the 5 policemen who died during an inter-faith service held in their honor. He said that we as Americans “ask too much of police, and little of ourselves.” So I’m not sure what sort of false narrative Mr. Loomis is talking about.
What Loomis didn’t tell Fox viewers was that as the head of a police union it’s his job to lobby against some of the actions the Obama administration is asking for. Namely, that police departments be consolidated so as to provide better and more consistent training to officers in smaller more rural areas. Doing so would decrease the need for union representatives and make it easier for departments to handle their own legal affairs. Many groups believe it would also decrease the number of police shootings. This is really why Loomis took the time to tell Fox that Obama had “blood on his hands.”
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