Just one month after the family of Tamir Rice was hit with an unpaid EMS bill in his death, a EMS supervisor is under fire for comments made against the slain 12-year-old on Facebook on Monday (Mar. 14). Taking to social media to react to the tragic 2014 incident, Captain Jamie Marquardt spewed hurtful commentary, and has now been fired from his position, Fox 8 Cleveland reports.
“Tamir Rice should have been shot and I am glad he is dead,” Marquardt’s post read. “I wish I was in the park that day as he terrorized innocent patrons by pointing a gun at them. I am upset I did not get the chance to kill the little criminal (expletive).”
Rice was gunned down by officer Timothy Loehmann in November 2014 while holding a BB gun. Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback responded to a 911 call to Cudell Recreation Center, during which the caller stated that the person holding the gun looked “juvenile” and that the weapon was “probably fake.” Rice was pronounced dead the day after his shooting, and a non-indictment verdict for Loehmann was announced in December 2015. After his offensive post was published, Marquardt later claimed he was not the person who wrote it.
“Someone…picked up my phone and made some awful posts under my name. I want to apologize for those who thought it was me. I do not believe or stand for what was written.”
Marquardt’s post let to an investigation by Cleveland City Hall’s Office of Integrity Control. Watch a news clip below: