The Cleveland Police Union are currently under fire for filing to overturn the firing of Tamir Rice’s murderer.
In November 2014 Timothy Loehmann murdered 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
Surprisingly, Loehmann wasn’t fired for the killing, but was fired instead after they investigated him and found he forged some content in his Job Application.
Here’s the video of Tamir Rice’s final moments when the officer shot him.
The Cleveland Police Union are now in Cuyahoga County Court filing to overturn Loehmann’s firing.
Loehmann was fired after it was discovered that he had been deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty in his previous role as a police officer in nearby Independence, Ohio- and not for the killing of Tamir Rice.
In November 2014, 26-year-old officer Loehmann and 46-year-old officer Frank Gamback responded to a call concerning a black male that was playing with a gun outside. The caller told dispatch that the gun was “Probably fake”. In the beginning and end of the call as well the caller told dispatch that it was “probably a juvenile”.
Loehmann and Gamback reported that Rice attempted to draw his weapon after they repeatedly told him to show them his hands.
Tamir was shot in the chest, and died the next day in the hospital.
In 2015 a grand jury decided against indicting both officers.
The attorney for Rice’s family, Subodh Chandra, said in a statement:
“It is most unfortunate that the CPPA continues to insist it’s okay for a law-enforcement officer to lie on his employment application —that is, continues to embrace lawlessness in law enforcement,” the statement said. “Until CPPA comprehends its officers are not above the law, none of us are safe. And Tamir? With a police union as lawless as that, the child never stood a chance.”
The two officers both had signs of being unfit for duty. Gamback was on record for responding to a call where he beat, tackled and choked the woman who had made the call. The woman simply called because there was a car blocking her driveway. The city settled with the woman for $100,000.
And again, Loehmann was fired for failing to disclose that in his previous role as an officer he was deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty.