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    Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

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    A police officer who shot a 12-year-old dead in a Cleveland park late last month had been judged unfit for police service two years earlier by a small suburban force where he worked for six months, according to records released on Wednesday.

    Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be “distracted and weepy” and incommunicative. “His handgun performance was dismal,” deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo.
    The memo concludes with a recommendation that Loehmann be “released from the employment of the City of Independence”. Less than a week later, on 3 December 2012, Loehmann resigned.

    In March of this year, Loehmann was hired by the Cleveland police department. It is unclear whether the department had seen the Independence memo at the time of Loehmann’s hiring.

    “I have not received any instruction about it, and I have not received the file” from Independence, said Sgt Ali Pillow, a Cleveland police spokesman. He said the Cleveland department had not commented on whether it had seen the memo from Independence before Loehmann was hired.
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    Re: Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

    He should have been given a rubber gun and worked dispatch.
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    Re: Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Flamethrower View Post
    He should have been given a rubber gun and worked dispatch.
    I think that this officer was unfit for duty and should not have been hired by the Cleveland police department
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    Re: Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

    Due to the gazillions the the Cleveland police dept. will pay in a civil suit, their work force will be reduced to Andy and Barney.

    I guess Cleveland PDHR should have checked his past work history. Oops...

    Cleveland cop who shot 12-year-old slammed for 'immaturity' in past job

    Records from the Independence Police Department obtained by CNN include comments from a supervisor detailing what they called "a pattern of lack of maturity, indiscretion and not following instructions," a "dangerous loss of composure during live range training" and an "inability to manage personal stress."

    "I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct these deficiencies," Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak wrote in a November 2012 memo.
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    Re: Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

    I'm not sure which is worse, the possibility they didn't vet the guy's background or that they did and decided to hire him anyway. Have the other officers on the force been properly vetted? These people are given weapons and the backing of the State to exert their authority over us. WTF?!

    Oh yeah, I hope the civil suit breaks freaking records.

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    Re: Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

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    Oh yeah, I hope the civil suit breaks freaking records.
    Cities have sovereign immunity. Therefore, they dont really need to honor lawsuits, and espescially not record breaking ones. For example, LA made an administrative decision to pay Rodney King a large some of money, but it was still a fraction of what the lawsuit ordered them to pay.

    In addition, cities usually force the beneficiares to sign non disclosure contracts so the true amount they are getting paid is unlikely to be revealed.

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    Re: Cleveland officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Cryptic View Post
    Cities have sovereign immunity. Therefore, they dont really need to honor lawsuits, and espescially not record breaking ones. For example, LA made an administrative decision to pay Rodney King a large some of money, but it was still a fraction of what the lawsuit ordered them to pay.

    In addition, cities usually force the beneficiares to sign non disclosure contracts so the true amount they are getting paid is unlikely to be revealed.
    I would hope the citizens would put the necessary pressure on them. Making someone like that a cop should be criminal negligence in my opinion. I almost can't even be angry at the cop himself. He was put into a position he was in no way equipped to handle.

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