Good Shoot: Tamir Rice

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Toy gun or Real gun? Took too long….you’re DEAD.


REAL shotgun was hidden inside “Super Soaker” water gun taken from a thug from one of these neighborhoods where police are NOT welcome.

“The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy (June 25, 2002 – November 23, 2014), occurred on November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, responded after receiving a police dispatch call “of a male black sitting on a swing and pointing a gun at people” in a city park. A caller reported that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center. At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol “it’s probably fake.” Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated: “he is probably a juvenile.” However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch.The officers reported that upon their arrival, Rice reached towards a gun in his waistband. Within two seconds of arriving on the scene, a white officer, Loehmann fired two shots before the zone car had come to a halt, hitting Rice once in the torso. Neither officer administered any first aid to Rice after the shooting. He died on the following day.”

I’ve had it with the MSM and Liberal spin utilizing words such as…”Murder, intentional murder, excessive use of force, police misconduct, a bad shoot, police gunned down, police kill the young boy with a toy gun…” Even these armchair quarterbacks who are paid personalities or “experts” that show up on the cable network channels use supposition, innuendo and sometimes pure ignorance to push an agenda or make themselves look ever so important. I even listened to a former Navy SEAL who was substituting for a well-known radio personality, attempt to speak on police tactics…”police got too close to subject”…etc. One cannot apply some military tactics to civilian law enforcement. He has ZERO clues as to what he is talking about. He stated that there are three kinds of “shoots,” Good, Bad and tragic. As a military veteran and as a former law enforcement officer, this makes me cringe, to say the least.For someone who never was a police officer, never attended an academy, let alone worked on the street, well, you get my point.
So, let me address the first paragraph, the word “probably” used a number of times, mean exactly DICK! Doesn’t mean shit. Law enforcement is about accurate, timely FACTS. The truth of the matter is the FACT that a male black was “pointing a gun at people” in a public park is the ONLY relevant point here. Sure, you can point at the fact that the dispatcher didn’t relay the “probably’s”, but it’s NOT relevant to the responding officers. They were discussing and planning en route for the worst case scenario, a man with a gun menacing people at a recreation center. End of story. So, let us examine what happened.

Police get the call and respond. They arrive at the scene just yards away from the subject. The subject is on video prior to this, walking around with a gun in his hands. The officers arrive and the subject who started to walk away now turns toward the officers reaching into his waistband while lifting his shirt exposing what appears to be a weapon, a firearm. Officers feel threatened and one of them opens fire on the subject who then falls to the ground.

Now, some are complaining that the officers “Would not” or “refused” to provide emergency medical care. Another Bullshit cry from the ignorant and the left which is more often than not, one and the same. Speaking as a former police officer, Use-of-Force, and firearms instructor, and detective, police are NOT paramedics. At best they receive a first aid class at the academy, not a course in trauma medicine. A police officer’s job is to secure the scene and make as safe as possible for everyone including the medics and victim(s).

So, moving along, I can hear the cries of some of you out there screaming….” but, it was a TOY GUN!” Irrelevant. I will tell you without a doubt that if I or any other trained person were confronted with an individual with what appears to be a weapon, whether a firearm, knife, baseball bat…etc, that put me in fear of suffering a severe bodily injury or death, I’m going to shoot them, Period. So what did this “toy” look like? Every toy gun I’ve seen in the stores has a bright orange tip at the end of the barrel to signify that this is a toy gun. In this case, as in many others, this orange tip was either removed or painted black to make it appear as the real deal, a COLT .45 pistol. An actual firearm. ricegun (Actual “gun” Tamir was pointing at people)

I can show MANY instances where Real firearms have been concealed inside toy guns in an attempt to, well, conceal a real gun. So, now we have a subject with a realistic looking firearms/gun in a public park walking around than sitting on a swing, pointing his gun at other people in the area who are frightened and call 911.

So, now officers arriving on the scene having discussed on the way there how they’re going to handle this situation, are faced with a split second decision in which someone could die, to include the officers. As stated above, the subject Tamir Rice acted stupidly by turning on police, lifting his shirt and reaching for what appeared to be a gun resulting in his being shot and subsequently died from his injuries. ALL of the evidence, officer testimony and forensics, such as the enhanced video, clearly show this to be a “good” (in the legal sense) shoot. People can and do lie. FORENSICS don’t lie.

So, now we’re left with a dead child, a grieving family, and community, as well as grieving police officers. Oh, what?! The media didn’t mention the grieving police officers?! Color me surprised….NOT! These two officers will now spend their lives being told that they did the right thing, a good job. All the while feeling the guilt over a dead child. So, who IS responsible for this young man’s death? I’m just going to call it like I see it.

I blame the “parents”, the thug culture, and a society at large that allows the bullshit narrative of victimhood, in the hood. Where were Mommy and Daddy? Where was the teaching and supervision of a 12-year-old boy? “Don’t go pointing guns, even toy guns at anyone, EVER!” “Where are you going and who will you be with?” I could go on all day. The point is that we have far too many egg and sperm donors, and not enough actual “parents.” If you don’t teach your kids right from wrong, how to behave in public or how to react to police, you run the risk of something bad happening to you kid.

Many of these (Black) communities fail to or have no desire to rein in or control their own. They REFUSE to work with local law enforcement to reduce crime and get rid of the thug mentality, sometimes, in their own homes. These kids grow up respecting no one or anything to include themselves. No one wants to accept responsibility for the actions of themselves let alone their kids. If you raise a thug, don’t be surprised when something bad occurs. Stop blaming white people and the police for the short-comings of the black “communities”. If these “parents” and “families” want to blame someone for what happened to Tamir, they should start by looking in the mirror.

About JAMES A SINGER Owner of That Gun Guy Gun Shop

Retired U.S. Army and former Federal and State Law Enforcement Officer. A self-described Constitutionalist. I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice as well as coursework in political science / Constitutional law.
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