Officer who shot Tamir Rice Gets A New Cushy Job As A Police Officer In A Small Town. “Ain’t America Grand Giving A Murder A Second Chance” 3/5/2019

(CNN)The police officer who fatally shot 12-year-oldTamir Rice in Cleveland four years ago was recently hired by a police department in eastern Ohio, CNN affiliate WTOV-TV reported, citing the department’s police chief. Timothy Loehmann is one of six new officers hired in the Village of Bellaire, about 65 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. The town on the Ohio River has a population of about 4,170.Bellaire Police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan told WTOV that Loehmann applied to several police departments and still wanted to be a police officer. “He’s not quitting on being a police officer. He made a decision (in 2014) that’s going to stay with him the rest of his life,” Flanagan said. “Like anybody else, if you make a mistake, someone’s got to give you a second chance, give someone opportunity. There is no worry, I stand behind this officer … I’ll stand behind this officer like I will any of my officers.”CNN’s efforts to reach Flanagan during the weekend were not successful.Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra said on Twitter that Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, feels that “Loehmann doesn’t belong on any police force anywhere & shouldn’t be foisted upon the citizenry anywhere.””But she hopes that this does mean he will never return to Cleveland,” Chandra’s tweet read.

The shooting and verdict

Loehmann shot and killed Tamir Rice in 2014 after a witness called 911 to report that someone was brandishing a gun in a park. The caller noted that the person was “probably a juvenile” and that the gun was “probably fake,” records show. The dispatcher did not share those qualifiers with Loehmann or the officer who was driving, Frank Garmback. Video of the incident shows Loehmann, then a trainee, arriving in a squad car driven by Garmback. The car moves close to Rice, and less than two seconds after the vehicle arrives, Loehmann shoots the boy. Loehmann and Garmback both said in written statements dated November 2015 they thought Rice was pulling out a real gun from his waistband.

A grand jury decided not to indict Loehmann or Garmback. However, Loehmann was fired in May 2017 for being untruthful on his job application. He applied to the Cleveland Police Force in 2013 after resigning from the police department in the suburb of Independence, and after failing a written exam while applying for a job with police in Maple Heights. An internal review panel investigating the Rice shooting found that Loehmann would have been fired from the Independence department had he not resigned.

Garmback was suspended for 10 days for violating tactical rules relating to how he drove to the shooting scene. A dispatcher was suspended for eight days in March 2017 for failing to relay a citizen’s 911 report that Rice was “probably a juvenile” and that his gun was “probably fake,” and another officer was suspended for two days at that time for working a second job near the shooting scene without permission.The city of Cleveland settled a wrongful-death lawsuit in 2016 with the Rice family for $6 million.

CNN’s Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.

Husband And Daughter conspired And Killed The Lady of The House 3/5/2019

At first, the stabbing death of Jacquelyn Smith on a Baltimore street corner in December sounded like an act of charity gone wrong.

The way her husband, Keith Smith, told it to reporters, the couple and Mr. Smith’s daughter, Valeria Smith, had been driving home after celebrating Valeria’s birthday. Jacquelyn Smith, 54, asked him to stop the car so she could give money to a woman holding what appeared to be a baby outside in the rain, he said. Then, Mr. Smith said, a man ran up to the car, tried to snatch Jacquelyn’s necklace through the open window and stabbed her.

“The last thing I thought, that they were going to take my wife’s life,” Mr. Smith told reporters shortly after his wife’s death, his arm around Valeria Smith, Jacquelyn’s stepdaughter, who was sobbing, according to video published by The Baltimore Sun. “I got to live with that every day.”

But on Sunday, law enforcement authorities announced a twist in the case: The attack was staged, Michael Harrison, acting commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, said. Mr. Smith, 52, and his daughter, 28, were arrested by the authorities in Texas on Sunday and charged with first-degree murder in Ms. Smith’s death on Dec. 1. Sheriff Omar Lucia of Cameron County, Tex., said that Mr. Smith and his daughter were arraigned on Monday on murder and other charges, including aggravated assault. Sheriff Lucia said they were being held in jail without bond.

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“We now know that that was not true,” Mr. Harrison said, referring to Mr. Smith’s account of how Ms. Smith had died. “It was not a panhandler,” the commissioner said at a news conference attended by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Marilyn J. Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore.

Mr. Smith told the police that a female panhandler had asked for money to help her feed her young child, according to a police report.

Texas Highway Patrol officers arrested Mr. Smith and Valeria Smith “without incident” from their rental car, a Toyota Camry, Lt. Johnny Hernandez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said in an interview on Monday. They were coming out of the parking lot of a convenience store at about 10 a.m. Sunday in Combes, Tex., about 35 miles from a border crossing with Mexico.

Lieutenant Hernandez said he did not know what they were doing in Texas or how long they had been there. It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Smith or Valeria Smith had legal representation.

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The announcement of their arrests was a stunning turnaround in a case that had stoked concerns about the city, which has one of the nation’s highest murder rates, and sympathy nationwide. Oprah Winfrey, the talk show host, said she would think twice about giving money to panhandlers.

Ms. Smith was a civilian contractor with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense in Maryland, which manages the nation’s supply of defense equipment, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Monday.

Mr. Harrison, named the city’s fifth police chief in four years in early January and charged with trying to solve some of its most persistent problems, declined to answer reporters’ questions on Sunday about an alleged motive, saying the investigation was “ongoing.”

Mr. Smith moved out of Jacquelyn Smith’s house two weeks ago, said Marcel Trisvan, Ms. Smith’s brother, and handed the keys to him, saying he was moving to Florida, according to The Sun on Sunday. Mr. Trisvan did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Officials at the weekend news conference announcing the Smiths’ arrests said the suspects had exploited the city’s image in allegedly trying to cover up the killing. It was one of more than 300 in Baltimore in 2018, according to The Sun.

“People take advantage of Baltimore,” Mr. Harrison said. “We want to make sure the truth comes out and justice is done.”

Mayor Pugh, referring to Mr. Smith and his daughter, added: “These individuals took advantage of a situation — a city that is already dealing with its own problems.”

A Baltimore Sun column on Monday said the initial story of Ms. Smith’s death, about five years after the couple were married, had initially “amplified the worst feelings about Baltimore, a real sense of foreboding around every corner.”

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In December, at a news conference, Mr. Smith said that he had called 911 to report the alleged attack, and that he had been instructed by a dispatcher to apply pressure to stanch the blood flow of his wife’s wounds as he drove her to the hospital.

He said then that Ms. Smith “felt moved” when he saw the woman and baby in the rain. He jumped out of the car, he said, and tried to run after the woman and the man after the stabbing, but returned to the vehicle when he heard his wife’s screams.

“I try to help people, but we are in our last days, and we need to understand there are some desperate people,” Mr. Smith said.

If I Can’t Have You No One Can!!!! Man Kills His Two Kids And His Wife And Kills HimSelf In Illinois 3/5/2019

Jacquelon Gaskins and her children, ages 1 and 6, were shot by the boyfriend who she was planning to leave, her relatives say By Jeff Truesdell this link opens in a new tab March 01, 2019 11:49 AM

An Illinois mother and her two children are dead in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide carried out by the children’s father.

Will County coroner Patrick O’Neil confirmed the identities of the victims, and said all four died “in what appears to be a domestic incident,” according to a news release.

Dead are 28-year-old Jacquelon Gaskin, her 6-year-old daughter Gianna Lee, 1-year-old son Giovanni Lee, and 34-year-old Brandyn Lee, who relatives and neighbors of the deceased woman identified as her longtime boyfriend and the father of the two kids, reports TV stations WLSthis link opens in a new tab and WBBMthis link opens in a new tab.

Gaskin’s mother, Rusha Brooks, said the couple who shared a two-story home with the children in Joliet were growing apart, and her daughter wanted out of the relationship.

“He was like a controlling type of guy, and I think she was trying to break away from that, and I think that was the trigger, because otherwise why would you?,” she told reporters, according to WBBM. “That was his last bit of control, was to take everybody away, not just himself.”

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She said her daughter “was loved, and she is loved, by a lot of people, and he just didn’t disrupt his life, he disrupted a lot of lives.”

According to multiple reports, police said they responded to a report of shots fired inside of the couple’s home just after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Neighbors reported a woman’s screams after she apparently discovered the bodies.

All four victims were on the second floor, police said.

Authorities have not officially identified the shooter, but law enforcement sources told WBBM the investigation likely will show Brandyn Lee shot himself after first shooting his girlfriend and their two children.

Autopsies for the victims were scheduled for Friday.

Gaskin was studying to become a nurse, family members told WBBM.

“Jesus and God are going to handle all of this,” said Terrance Brooks, Gaskin’s stepfather, reports WLS. “My grandchildren and my daughter are going to heaven.”