Cleveland Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Gets New Police Job

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The police department in Bellaire, Ohio, has hired Timothy Loehmann, the fired Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice four years ago, reports the Martins Ferry Times Leader. It also hired Eric Smith, the suspended police chief of Bethesda, Ohio, who is under criminal investigation for allegedly misusing a statewide computer system for law enforcement. Both are working as part-time cops in Bellaire, where Police Chief Dick Flanagan said he believes the men deserve second chances. Bellaire is a city of 4,000 people about 150 miles south of Cleveland, in the Wheeling, W.VA., metro area. Some residents were surprised by the hires. Arieane Miles called the decision to Cleveland’s Loehmann “mind-blowing.” “I’m appalled,” said Miles. “I think it’s ridiculous. It’s scary.”

Loehmann killed Rice in November 2014, shooting the boy less than 2 seconds after he arrived to investigate a complaint about the boy carrying what turned out to be a fake gun. He was never indicted and was cleared by a Cuyahoga County grand jury and police commission. However, he was fired by Cleveland in 2017 for failing to acknowledge on his job application that he had been forced to resign from a previous police job in Independence, Ohio. “He was cleared of any and all wrongdoing,” Bellaire’s Chief Flanagan said of Loehmann. “It’s over and done with.”

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