CLEVELAND– The former Cleveland police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice has withdrawn his application to work at another police department.
Tamir Rice’s mother, Samaria, confirmed the news at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer said he spoke to the former officer, Timothy Loehmann, and confirmed with him that he withdrew his application due to pressure.
The village of Bellaire, in Belmont County, had hired Loehmann as one of two new part-time officers.
CPPA President Jeff Follmer said, “Well, the application was withdrawn based off talking to his attorneys, he thought it was the best thing right now, we’re gonna wait for his arbitration hearing to come back, you know, he was wrongfully terminated, so he will be a policeman again.”
Samaria Rice said Loehmann doesn’t belong on any police force.
“This man has not faced one, single consequence for taking the life of an innocent 12-year-old,” she said, “He was not indicted, he was not charged with any crime, it is re-traumatizing, not just for my family and I, but for our whole, entire community.”
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On Nov. 22, 2014, officers were called to the Cudell Recreation Center for a report of a male with a gun. Officers Loehmann and Frank Garmback drove up to the gazebo near Tamir and ordered the boy to drop the weapon.
Tamir was shot within 2 seconds of the officers’ arrival and died the next day.
The officers did not face any criminal charges, but Loehmann, who fired the shots, was terminated from the Cleveland Division of Police. Garmback was suspended for 10 days.
Follmer said Loehmann was unjustly fired and they’re in arbitration to get his job back.
In 2016, the city of Cleveland and the Rice family reached a $6 million settlement in the wrongful death case.
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