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Police Union leader speaks out on investigations of deaths at hands of officers

12-year-old Tamir Rice. (Source: Family) 12-year-old Tamir Rice. (Source: Family)
Tanisha Anderson died November 12, 2014. (Source: Family) Tanisha Anderson died November 12, 2014. (Source: Family)
The head of the Cleveland Police Union is speaking out about the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and the death of a woman in police custody.

Steve Loomis had strong words on how the investigation will be handled in the Rice case, and strong words on how officers handled the case of Tanisha Anderson.
 
As for the Rice case, Loomis says, "We're not afraid of the facts of this case at all, but the politics is atrocious."

The union stands behind the officers in the deadly shooting of the 12-year-old, saying those officers acted on what they knew at the time. But the union is worried the county prosecutor will feel pressured to file criminal charges against the officers because of the public outcry.

We have also learned that those officers may not give statements to criminal investigators. "That is a personal choice of the officers," said Loomis. "Of course, we'll have legal staff. We'll have to see how it works out."

In the meantime, the family of Tanisha Anderson is demanding justice with a lawsuit. Anderson died in police custody. The medical examiner called it a homicide from a combination of heart disease, a mental condition and police restraint.

Officers handcuffed Anderson to go to a psych evaluation. But the union says one officer involved had to take special steps to try to calm her down. He had been through mental health crisis training.

Anderson's family says officers slammed Tanisha to the ground.  The union says her body simply went limp.

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