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Police Union Head Calls NFL Player's Shirt 'Pathetic'

Jeff Follmer says Browns' Andrew Hawkins should apologize for Tamir Rice shirt

(Newser) - The president of the Cleveland police union is disgruntled at the latest sartorial protest in the shooting deaths of unarmed black individuals by police. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins sported a shirt that read "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III " before the Browns' game against... More »

Cleveland Baby Born at 10:11, 12/13/14

It was the last sequential date for at least 20 years

(Newser) - Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14. Hazel Grace was born Saturday morning to Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman at Cleveland's Fairview Hospital. Her family already knew she'd be born on Saturday's special date, but they didn't know she'd... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

Feds: Cleveland Cops Use Excessive Force Routinely

Department will get an independent monitor

(Newser) - Cleveland police use unnecessary force so often that the department must let an independent monitor make sure reforms are put into place, reports NBC News . That's one result of a Justice Department investigation of 600 incidents between 2010 and 2013 that faults the department for poor training and a... More »

Cop Who Shot Cleveland Boy 'Dismal' in Gun Training

He couldn't follow simple directions, chief wrote

(Newser) - The Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice was considered a major liability in his previous police job—but Cleveland never looked at his file. When Tim Loehmann was an officer in the Cleveland suburb of Independence, the deputy chief wrote that he seemed "distracted" and "... More »

Boy's Shooting Death Didn't Have to Happen: Family

Police who confronted Tamir Rice 'reacted quickly,' family statement says

(Newser) - Tamir Rice could have, and should have, come home on Saturday after a day in the park. That's the belief of his family, which issued a statement yesterday about his death after a video of the 12-year-old being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer was made public yesterday,... More »

Video: Cleveland Boy Shot Seconds After Police Arrive

Authorities say officer told Tamir Rice 3 times to show his hands as car approached

(Newser) - Cleveland police today released surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, and it shows that Tamir Rice got shot within seconds of the arrival of a police car. One officer exited the vehicle and shot the youth "immediately," reports the Plain Dealer , while a... More »

Cleveland: We'll Release Video of Shot 12-Year-Old

Audio in 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death, names of officers also to be released

(Newser) - Cleveland police said earlier this week they had no plans to release the surveillance video that shows Saturday's shooting of Tamir Rice , but those plans have apparently changed. A police department spokesman now says that the video documenting what happened between officers and 12-year-old Tamir, as well as audio... More »

Surveillance Video Caught Shooting of Cleveland Boy

But police have no plans to release it

(Newser) - Cleveland authorities say they've got surveillance video of the confrontation Saturday night that ended with a rookie cop shooting a 12-year-old boy to death, reports CNN . It will be a big part of the police investigation into the Tamir Rice case, but as of now, there are no plans... More »

Dad of Boy Killed by Police: Why Didn't They Tase Him?

Tamir Rice was 'respectful' young man, he says

(Newser) - The father of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy shot dead after brandishing a BB gun wants to know why police had to use deadly force on his son. He tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Tamir Rice was a "respectful" young man and that he's shocked by accounts that... More »

Cleveland Cops Kill 12-Year-Old With Toy Gun

Unnamed boy was brandishing Airsoft gun at rec center

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun died today after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call yesterday afternoon about a person waving a gun in a park. A man who called 911 told dispatchers that the person, "... More »

Celebs Offer Reward After Twisted Ice Bucket Prank

Autistic Ohio teen had feces, urine dumped on head

(Newser) - Drew Carey has offered $10,000 to help find a group of Cleveland-area teenagers who humiliated an autistic boy with their twisted take on the ALS ice bucket challenge. The 14-year-old's mother contacted police after discovering that the group of teens had used the boy's phone to record... More »

Ohio Man in Trouble Over 2 Words on Sign

He warned drivers to 'turn now' ahead of DUI checkpoint

(Newser) - An Ohio man warning drivers about a looming DUI checkpoint would have avoided a ticket if not for the last two words on his sign, reports Raw Story . "Turn now!" Doug "Deo" Odolecki got the citation Friday night while standing on a street corner with his sign... More »

Cleveland Pol Wants 'Win Tax' to Prod Losing Teams

Stadium money would be doled out by 'fan council'

(Newser) - Local governments are constantly doling out cash to professional sports teams, and now one Cleveland politician thinks the public deserves to see some wins for its money. Cuyahoga County voters last month extended a "sin tax" on alcohol and cigarettes to pay for stadium upkeep for Cleveland's three... More »

Thieves Break Into Presidential Tomb, Steal ... Spoons?

But they left empty whiskey bottle at James A. Garfield's monument

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say thieves have broken into the monument of President James A. Garfield and stolen a set of commemorative spoons. Vandals shattered a window to get inside the 180-foot-tall monument at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Heights. A cemetery worker discovered the theft Wednesday. The cemetery's website says... More »

Joan Rivers Angers Ohio Women Held Captive

They want apology for joke

(Newser) - The women freed almost a year ago after a decade of captivity in a Cleveland home aren't happy about Joan Rivers joking about their ordeal. Lawyers for two of the women say Rivers should apologize for saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space" when... More »

Ariel Castro's Neighbor Gets Life for Raping Daughters

And for murdering 2 women

(Newser) - It seems justice has finally been served on Cleveland's most horrific block. Ariel Castro 's neighbor, Elias Acevedo Sr., has been sentenced to 445 years in prison without parole as part of a plea deal. As reported in October , the discovery of Castro's captives ultimately led police... More »

Ariel Castro Did Commit Suicide: New Report

Prison consultants reject notion that he died of autoerotic asphyxiation

(Newser) - Two corrections consultants have concluded that Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide in his prison cell and didn't die by accidentally killing himself while attempting to achieve a sexual thrill. The nationally regarded consultants rejected a suggestion in a state prisons report in October that Castro's Sept. 3... More »

21 Set Selves Ablaze in Cleveland—for Charity

Participants in fundraiser wore protective gear

(Newser) - On Saturday night, some 1,500 people gathered near Cleveland's Cuyahoga River to watch nearly two dozen locals literally set on fire. In a charity event backed by Cleveland printing company Hotcards, 21 people, including mayoral candidate Ken Lanci, a local radio host, and Hotcards' owner, wore gear to... More »

Ohio Takes Step Toward Castro Victim Reparations

Bill would provide up to $25K per year of captivity

(Newser) - State financial reparations for Ariel Castro's victims are inching closer to becoming a reality. Under a bill that today moved from a committee to Ohio's full House of Representatives, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight would receive up to $25,000 for each year they were held... More »

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