Former Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann, who fatally shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice while on duty back in 2014, has withdrawn his application to join a Southeast Ohio Village’s police department, our NBC sister station WTOV confirms.
Tamir’s mother Samaria also announced Loehmann had rescinded his application during a statement Wednesday in a press conference with Cleveland media. She and others strongly condemned the Bellaire Police Department after it announced last week it had hired Loehmann as a part-time officer. Chief Richard Flanagan originally said Loehmann “deserves a second chance.”
He was responding to a 911 call that someone was waving around what looked to be a gun and threatening people at the Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland’s west side. The gun Tamir had was a toy that looked real.
After a grand jury decided not to charge him criminally, the Cleveland Division of Police fired him last yearwhen it was discovered he was previously deemed “unfit for duty.”
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