Officer Who Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Was Once Declared ‘Unfit for Duty’

Officer Who Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice Was Once Declared 'Unfit for Duty'

When 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland police after carrying a toy gun in a playground, a Cleveland reporter looked into his parent’s past to get a sense of the child’s mindset. (Readers, understandably, were appalled let the reporter know.) Now, someone has looked into the policeman who actually did the shooting and it turns out, he was forced out of his last law enforcement job.

The Guardian U.K. reports that Officer Timothy Loehmann, who shot and killed Rice within seconds of responding to a 911 call, resigned from a small suburban police force after he was declared unfit for duty while handling a firearm.

The Guardian reports: 

Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be “distracted and weepy” and incommunicative. “His handgun performance was dismal,” deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo.

The memo concludes with a recommendation that Loehmann be “released from the employment of the City of Independence”. Less than a week later, on 3 December 2012, Loehmann resigned.

In March of this year, Loehmann was hired by the Cleveland police department. It is unclear whether the department had seen the Independence memo at the time of Loehmann’s hiring.

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Source: Black America Web | Tonya Pendleton

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