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Video: Cleveland Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Was Dismissed by Another Agency for "Deficiencies"

December 04, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Cleveland Officer Who Killed Tamir Rice Was Dismissed by Another Agency for "Deficiencies"

The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice had issues with handling guns during his brief tenure with a suburban police department. 

A Nov. 29, 2012 letter contained in Tim Loehmann's personnel file from the Independence Police Department says "He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal," according to the letter written by Deputy Chief Jim Polak of the Independence police.

The letter recommended that the department part ways with Loehmann, who went on to become a police officer with the Cleveland Division of Police, reports.

"I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies," Polak said.

Cleveland police said on Wednesday that they never reviewed the Independence file and changed their policies to include checking publicly available records for potential hires.  

Loehmann shot Tamir less than two seconds after he arrived to investigate a complaint about Tamir carrying what turned out to be a fake gun.

Comments (12)

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colin @ 12/4/2014 3:21 PM

Just like not checking someone's record or background for mental illness or depression. That guy should have never been hired if he couldn't even follow instructions. He gives everyone else a bad name.

JJ @ 12/4/2014 3:34 PM

That is vicarious liability that will cost the tax payers of Cleveland and healthy sum. They better find some better personnel people.

JJ @ 12/4/2014 3:38 PM

The city of Cleveland will pay millions for this one. I guess they haven't heard of vicarious liability making them responsible for "Negative Hiring" practice, thus transferring that officer's actions to the PD administration. He can't follow simple directions or communicate clear thoughts or recollections---what in the hell do they think a police officer is supposed to do. All of these attributes are critical!

TheRookie @ 12/4/2014 4:46 PM

In my career I've never worked for an agency that didn't do a personal file cross reference check at a prior agency while in the hiring stages. What kind of laziness was/is that! If a rookie makes a mistake it's okay but critiqued. If they make the same mistake twice remedial training & discussing is warranted. The same mistake a 3rd time generally means a person is un-trainable. I learned throughout my L.E. career that it's okay to make mistakes every day as long as they're different, but never the same mistake over & over. Some people just shouldn't be in the profession & this man sounds like one of them.
A real black-eye to the profession that continues to be taking a major beating at this time.

kevCopAz @ 12/4/2014 9:47 PM

mohamed (not capitalized for disrespect) I would bet you have very little education, a criminal record and probably are unemployed. I think my stats are more actuate then yours when I say 95% of all Blacks are good decent folks but the remaining 5% I guess are criminals, should be "locked up and shot" as you say. You are a fool and a clown. Please you don't come close to representing the Black of this country that are fine decent people, you DO represent the 5% that we should "lock up & shoot".

S.S. @ 12/5/2014 8:24 AM


S.S. @ 12/5/2014 8:34 AM

WOW mohammed you probably are a p.o.s. who's already done time. Maybe you were a wannabe but didn't have what it took. That would explain your being on this site. Do us and yourself a favor. Get the hell off this site. you have no business here. Your last post says it all. Youre uneducated, angry, irresponsible, unmotivated, p.o.s. with an inferiority complex. The reason I said this is because you can't even spell "muslims" dumbass. I spelled it the correct way. You spell it "Moslems ." Really? And we're the ones with a low IQ. MORON!!!

Old VA lawdog @ 12/5/2014 8:46 AM

C’mon guys don't give mohammed such a hard time. We all need a good laugh from time to time, from clowns like him. All of you who wear a shield, star or badge know that people of his ilk are the first ones to dial 911 when the SHTF, and you will be rolling code to his location to save his a$$!. Stay safe and check your six.

S.S. @ 12/5/2014 11:53 AM

Sure it is m.f. You must have had really shitty parents. Or you could just be a product of inbreeding. Guessing by your angry posts, you are a cop wannabe who was rejected. This is how you vent your pathetic frustrations. No girlfriend, or boyfriend in your case, and no kids (Thank God). Anyways if you hate us so much why are you on this site. Something to think about. Just incase you don't understand the sarcasm at the beginning. The phrase of "inbreeding", means that your parents were probably closely related. Im guessing brother and sister, or mother and brother. Or maybe a first cousin etc.etc.

T.O @ 12/5/2014 2:56 PM

One of the first things that I saw watching this video, was the positioning of the patrol car. They never allowed themselves any reaction time or better yet safety distance. I am almost certain that none of us that are trained LEO's, was trained to approach a man with a gun this way with your vehicle. I really think things could have been very different if they had stopped at least 50 feet away from the suspect. Just a thought.

mb @ 12/5/2014 7:10 PM

T.O.- I agree, I watched the video and thought it just seemed very strange and potentially dangerous to drive up like that. I just couldn't figure out how they thought that was a safe way to approach a potentially armed subject.

mb @ 12/5/2014 7:10 PM

T.O.- I agree, I watched the video and thought it just seemed very strange and potentially dangerous to drive up like that. I just couldn't figure out how they thought that was a safe way to approach a potentially armed subject.

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