There were two travesties in the saga of Tamir Rice’s death, besides the fact that an innocent black teenager was killed. The Cleveland cop who killed him had no business whatsoever being on the force. For those who don’t know, Tim Loehmann was at the point of being fired from the police department in nearby Independence when it became apparent that he was not emotionally stable enough to be a police officer. After resigning rather than face termination, he worked “under-the-table jobs” for six months before being hired in Cleveland.
This was probably the biggest reason that the city of Cleveland paid Tamir’s family $6 million to settle a wrongful death suit. After all, no one wanted Loehmann’s hiring process placed under further scrutiny. But apparently municipal and police officials haven’t learned their lesson. Recently, another Cleveland cop was busted for behavior that raises serious questions about how he was even allowed on the force in the first place. And yet, a prominent black conservative blogger somehow thinks he was hired specifically because of the furor over police misconduct.
On Tuesday, Solomon Nhiwatiwa, a five-year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Police, was arrested on charges of harassing and attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl waiting for the school bus in the nearby suburb of Euclid. Watch more details from WKYC in Cleveland here.
According to police and prosecutors, Nhiwatiwa pulled up to the girl and asked if she wanted a ride. He drove away, but came back minutes later. At that point, he reportedly exposed himself and urinated on the girl–all while his cell phone camera was rolling.
After Euclid police identified Nhiwatiwa as the same person suspected of acting unhinged while peeking inside people’s cars, they arrested Nhiwatiwa on Tuesday. When their Cleveland counterparts learned of this, they suspended Nhiwatiwa without pay. However, it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be fired at some point. Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Michael O’Malley called Nhiwatiwa’s alleged actions “impossible to comprehend” and vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that Nhiwatiwa never puts on a police uniform again.
However, that may be the least of Nhiwatiwa’s concerns. He faces charges of attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity to a minor, disseminating matter harmful to minors, child endangerment, child enticement, public indecency, assault and attempted interference with custody. If convicted, he faces a minimum of eight years in prison, though anything less than 10-15 years would be a joke.
When black conservative blogger Wayne Dupree saw this, he immediately thought of his daughter. Like any father, Dupree was hopping mad, saying that Nhiwatiwa would be in “grave danger” if he pulled such a depraved stunt on her. He openly wondered how Nhiwatiwa became a cop in the first place, and mused that in all likelihood, there was “SOME HISTORY of violent crime” in Nhiwatiwa’s past.
All good and well. But Dupree then suggested that liberals would actually want this animal out of jail.
Democrats will probably want this man released claiming it’s a cultural thing and we are not enlightened enough to understand it.
Earlier, Dupree suggested that one reason Nhiwatiwa slipped through the cracks was that “anti-cop propaganda” was keeping more qualified cops from even applying.
As one black man to another, Wayne, you missed the point–and bigly. Anyone who looks at this case and is familiar with the Rice saga would see this as a sign that Cleveland has learned nothing and forgotten nothing since then.
You’re right on one point–it’s inconceivable that Nhiwatiwa doesn’t have a history of violent or depraved behavior, given the brazen nature of his behavior in Euclid. But this is the same department that hired Loehmann despite more red flags in his history than a lifetime of Ohio State football games. You can’t blame affirmative action for this. Remember, Loehmann was white.
Cleveland ultimately fired Loehmann for lying about the circumstances of his departure from Independence. But what police department with an iota of respect for the citizens it protects and serves hires a guy who worked “under-the-table jobs”? That alone should have been disqualifying.
Nhiwatiwa isn’t the consequence of people being scared out of police work by “Black Lives Matter.” He’s proof of why we liberals demand more accountability from the police. And he’s proof that the same department that gave a badge to a guy who worked “under-the-table jobs” needs to take some more medicine.
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