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Another day, another shooting of an unarmed black man - boy in this case.  This afternoon, a rookie cop shot a 12 year old boy outside a rec center because he was carrying a bb gun. Photos courtesy of Northeast Media Group.

Let’s set aside the fact that bb guns look very much like real guns these days.  Let’s set aside the fact that it was a rookie cop.  I said “another day, another shooting,” but this is the second I’ve heard of today.  And this is a 12 year old boy, who is thankfully still alive.  He’s at MetroHealth, the county hospital, and I’m praying for his survival.

Officers responded to a call that a man was carrying a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center.  When the rookie and a 10-15 year veteran showed up, they saw the boy with a group of friends sitting in a pavilion near the center.  The rookie cop saw him pick up the bb gun and put it in the waist band.  So.  From the article, I gather that the cops were not close to them yet, and the boy was not waving the gun around or endangering other people or the cops.  And yet…the rookie cop shot the boy twice; we know that one bullet struck him in the abdomen.

Since it happened earlier today, obviously we don’t know many details yet. Reps from CPD state that this is already under review by the department’s deadly force investigation team.  But for those who don’t know, the Cleveland Police Department is a joke.  It’s so corrupt and always seems to be under one investigation or another. In fact, the article I linked to above states, “The shooting comes as the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the department to determine if it regularly uses excessive force against its citizens.”  

I love my hometown but this is unacceptable.

The 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a BB gun when he was shot by Cleveland police Saturday died overnight at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The caller twice said the gun was “probably fake” and told dispatchers the person pulling the gun from his waistband was “probably a juvenile,” according to audio released by police officials late Saturday.

prayers and healing thoughts for this poor kid’s mother and for the cudell and cleveland community. 

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Today I shot Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was an honor to be called to the task. Senator Sharrod Brown(D-Oh) was there speaking along with a local city councilor and other trans leaders. I got to be myself and I never once felt self conscious there. That was refreshing. I finally pulled off the Betty Page look, although my outfit was warm and grandmaish on account of the rain and cold, but I felt really good about myself. Until all the names of the murdered trans people of the last year were named. It’s such a sad thing and really makes me feel lucky to be alive and to be surrounded by so much love and support.

A rookie Cleveland police officer shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a BB gun outside a city recreation center late Saturday afternoon.

I try not to get too politically opinionated but HONESTLY? After all the shit that’s been going down in Ferguson now we have this to add to it. The officers were looking for a MAN with a gun. A 12 year old with a BB gun doesn’t look anything like an adult with a gun. Also, people in the comments need to stop asking if the kid was black or white because his skin color isn’t the important thing in the situation. This INNOCENT CHILD was shot. What’s next? Oh don’t tell me the officer was justified because the kid grabbed his TOY gun. Honestly this is ridiculous. I’m so angry about this. I’m just praying right now that this child recovers and the officer is punished. 

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The Cavaliers not only got outplayed by the Raptors on the court tonight, they were also showed up in the stands. Have a listen as boisterous Toronto fans take over the Quicken Loans Arena with their “Let’s Go Raptors” chant. 

Officials in Cleveland are considering a bill that would allow transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

The bill would ban businesses and government buildings from citing a person’s gender identity or expression as a reason for denying them access to “bathrooms, showers, locker rooms or dressing facilities.”

Debates have erupted across the country as local governments consider expanding antidiscrimination laws to include transgender people. Supporters argue that transgender people face discrimination and harassment in public restrooms, and, as such, this bill facilitates a civil right to access basic public accommodations. Yet the arguments on both sides illustrate a larger tussle to steer national trends.

“It is about shaping a culture for inclusion,” Zoe Lapin, who supported the bill, testified before the committee. “It is not just about restrooms.”

Some supporters see bills like these as a catalyst for promoting broader mainstream acceptance for all LGBT people and curbing anti-transgender sentiment. Four transgender women were killed in Ohio within the past 19 months, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign.

As usual, don’t read the comments. There will always be pushback, and we’re still figuring out how to get this movement going in mainstream society. But no matter what anyone says, everybody deserves access to safe and affirming public accommodations. Full stop.