Ninteen-year-old Black woman is convicted of killing a Cleveland cop on New Years Eve with Judge John O'Donnell set to sentence her.... Tamara McLoyd will besentneced later this month for killing Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek, 25....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader
Though Officer Bartek, 25 at the time of his death, was off-duty when he was killed, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb deemed his killing that of an on-duty cop in order that the fallen officer's family could qualify for benefits, including funeral and burial monies.
McLoyd was on probation and under the supervision of the Lorain County Juvenile Court for a robbery conviction when she allegedly shot and killed Bartek. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley told reporters that at that time McLoyd had been convicted of robbery as a juvenile in Lorain County Juvenile Court and that she should not have been on the streets, though a judge who had released her from custody obviously disagreed with his stance.
Others question how McLoyd, at such a young age, fail so quickly into the cracks of crime with little to no help of rehibilation . But some critics are not so lenient and are hoping for the judge to throw the book at the young woman since the person she killed was a cop, and cops in America are privileged, particularly where Blacks are concerned.
Officer Bartek was shot twice in the back in his car as she robbed him, his car parked outside of the apartment complex where he lived. He was pronounced dead after being transported by EMS from the scene of the shooting to Fairview Hospital.
Surveillance video purportedly reveals that McLoyd drove off in the officer's personal car after she allegedly shot him. She ultimately delivered the car to Anthony Butler Jr, 28 and of Bedford Heights, the other suspect who was charged with fleeing and receiving stolen property. Butler has pleaded not guilty
Police recovered the stolen car following a high speed chase through the city and several other communities.
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