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Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice Hired By Bellaire, Ohio, Police Department

The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village.

The Times Leader reports Bellaire’s police chief Richard Flanagan confirmed Friday he hired Timothy Loehmann as a part-time officer.

The officer, who is white, was fired last year for reasons not related to Rice’s death. He was deemed “unfit for duty” and dismissed for giving false information on his job application to the Cleveland Division of Police.

In November 2014, Loehmann and his then-partner, Frank Garmback, responded to a 911 call that reported a possible man waving a gun at a recreation center in Cleveland. When the officers arrived they encountered Rice, which is when Loehmann, citing credible fear, jumped out of his patrol car and fired his service weapon twice.

In late 2015, the Grand Jury declined to indict both officers on criminal charges. This decision came after an expert review of video of the incident showed that Rice had his hands in his pocket, and was playing with a pellet gun.

“The death of Tamir Rice was an absolute tragedy,” Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said after a grand jury decided not to indict the officers. “But it was not, by the law that binds us, a crime.”

Bellaire’s police chief, also citing lack of criminal charges for hiring the embattled officer, said that Loehmann deserves a second chance.

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Black Trombone September 1, 2019 at 1:15 am


Tom September 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Keep your eye on this cop and keep your distance.

‘the lc’ November 18, 2019 at 10:10 am

pathetic is too good of a word for hiring this so-called law enforcement officer that shot tamir in a matter of second. this is insulting, incomprehensible, and downright appalling to hire such a person in any law enforcement department.

abe blassingame June 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

The kid wasn’t given a second chance

Khia September 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Smh…how the hell did he land another policing job with his resume?!

Gee Ward September 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

I had to refresh my mind-From these two articles it appears this ”Officer” was NEVER fit to be a Police officer. How many more like him are on our streets? This describes the 1st. position ”Officer Timothy Loehmann” held and from reading it would appear that Cleveland did NOT check Loehmann’s background nor his evaluations (not sure if they are readily available – and am aware that this kind of action happens in other ‘professions’ So we need a massive change …. this has happened with pedophiles/Predators- Priest, Minister, Teachers, Health Care Professional etc…sorry for digressing but see -> ”Cleveland officer who killed Tamir Rice had been deemed unfit for duty” By Christine Mai-DucStaff Writer Dec. 3, 2014 5:48 PM
“”The rookie Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month had been deemed unfit for duty at a previous police department and was in the process of being fired when he resigned from his post, according to records released Wednesday.””..”According to Loehmann’s personnel records, released by the city of Independence, police officials were in the process of firing him when he resigned in December 2012. Supervisors described an emotionally unstable recruit with a “lack of maturity” and “inability to perform basic functions as instructed” during a weapons training exercise.” & 2nd position -> ”Cleveland just fired the cop who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice more than 2 years ago –
Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice at a Cleveland park in November 2014.
By German May 30, 2017, 1:30pm EDT On November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice was throwing snowballs and playing with a toy pellet gun in a Cleveland park when a police car rolled into the snowy field. Within two seconds of getting out of his squad car, officer Timothy Loehmann shot and killed the 12-year-old.
Two and a half years later, the Cleveland police department fired Loehmann, Mike Hayes reported for BuzzFeed on Tuesday. But the termination is not solely due to the shooting, but rather as a result of Loehmann “providing false information” when he applied to the department several years ago. Loehmann could still appeal the firing through his union.”

Sharon Boone September 3, 2019 at 7:39 am

White Privilege: Alive and well

Robbie Green November 20, 2019 at 6:05 am

Some sick ass shit man!! Some really sick ass shit!! Burn In Hell!!!

September September 3, 2019 at 1:54 pm

African Americans comprise 5.5% of the population or approx 235 people.

It’s about 150 miles from Cleveland where he murdered Tamir Rice.

Do not issue him a firearm or let him have contact with the public.

September September 3, 2019 at 2:10 pm

It looks like he withdrew his application 3 days after this article was written. See the wikipedia article about the shooting of Tamir Rice for more info.

It’s sad that somebody in charge of hiring at Bellaire PD decided to give this loser a 2nd chance. But, I’m glad that somebody made them see the light. Hopefully it was thousands of phonecalls and e-mails from the public.

Michael Waters September 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Are you serious, he deserves a second chance so dose Tamir Rice! Wheres his second chance! That fool shouldn’t be a police he murdered a child!

Laura September 4, 2019 at 4:05 am

Tamir Rice is probably only one of two cases where I saw a black person shot by the police and didn’t deserve it. This cop needs to find a different line of work.

Janet Garnett September 5, 2019 at 8:43 pm

*He NEEDS to be found a JAIL CELL

John September 7, 2019 at 8:33 am

If that’s the case how about opening your fucking eyes.

Terry September 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

Nobody deserves to be murdered by the police! You ever heard of due process? Last I heard pellet guns were legal for anyone to own… Even 12 year old Tamir Rice!

Tony Gaskin September 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm

This disgraceful officer will get his due. Clearly a sick man supported by a demented system ful of sadistic lunatics with guns with license to kill. What a EPIC tragedy this country has become. Sad. All Beacuse of race and the ongoing fallacy that blacks are dangerous! When in fact historically is that is the furthest from the truth.

Clarence staton November 21, 2019 at 9:23 pm

They are not cops they are killer special on people of color back in the day we he’d respect for a policeman but nowadays I say they go Hell and kiss me where the Sun don’t shine my ASS!!!

Lawrence September 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Second Chances are given in Ohio , that’s gonna be a haven for all rogue cops KKK aproved , sad times in America’s law enforcement

Janet Garnett September 5, 2019 at 8:41 pm

*You just killed a Nigger! THAT’S alright! You can come to work for US!!! And then I can’t WAIT for when he kills somebody White. ALL OF THE FALL-OUT ABOUT HOW HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN A COP IN THE FIRST PLACE………ET. AL. – AD INFINITUM…..

JP Maurice November 21, 2019 at 10:05 pm

Somebody needs to shoot this racist kid killing neanderthal vermin swine DEAD !!! THATS IT THATS ALL , PERIOD !!!

rhode September 6, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Well since he probably is in a white area, he won’t feel compelled to shoot and kill anyone.

Anne Wicker September 7, 2019 at 5:10 am

Does anyone remember William J. Lewinski. He is the one who gets paid thousands of dollars to fly all over the United States of America to teach police cadets to “shoot first and ask question later; then he will appear as an expert witness to get them out of it. Please research and share.
I can’t understand how his role in all these police officers killing Black people has gone unnoticed. He is just a guilty of second degree murder as 46 minus one.

John September 7, 2019 at 8:30 am

I wish you into a black man to had nothing to lose

Truth September 29, 2019 at 10:11 am

Please stop passing this around in order to feed a narrative! Research people! Bellaire police have since declined to hire this man!!!! Yet here ya are putting this out here to fuel the narrative that some wish to push. Black lives do matter, but it’s bs to push false narratives! This is exactly why the support for the black community is so small.

OTIS GREEN November 7, 2019 at 11:24 am


Antone Tucker November 15, 2019 at 11:26 am

Please quit complaining about the same crap they’ve been doing the whole time. They’ve given you all the information you need to write a letter to the police department in Ohio and pressure the hiring authorities to dismiss this murdering bastard. Maybe they don’t know of his past. Maybe they need y’all’s emotional revelation to move the needle away from this killer

micah b spears November 15, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Didn’t his Mom remove the red plastic piece from the barrel of the fake gun that identifies the gun as being fake??

Tom November 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm

I saw the YouTube video the kid pulled the fake gun on the police. It clearly shows this. You need to lose that false narrative.

Woody Cox November 17, 2019 at 2:51 am

This shit is going on all over America! It has gotten so bad that Police are wearing on their uniforms a black vs white flag with their thin blue line across the middle. The cover story for this flag is that it is to honor the fallen officers. But the truth is that every police officer knows what that flag really represents, a fundamentalist racist belief that America is better divided and without the police we cannot survive the implied threat from the people. But the threat here are the racist filthy fascist pigs who wear and fly that desecration of a flag. Any police officer who wears or flies that racist blue striped rag should be fired and never work in public service. America isn’t buying this fascist racist bully shit and cops should be better screened and kept out of public service. Any cop who would wear a desecrated version of the American flag would also gladly wear a Russian flag. Look for it because there are a lot of America haters and they love Russian propaganda and the orange slob they think will make their country white and rich. Breaking News!!!! You aren’t going to get a thank you from Wall Street assholes for killing black people. To rascist cops I say get a life and stop taking lives.


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