The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has been hired by a small Ohio village. Bellair’s police chief Richard Flanagan confirmed the news and states Timothy Loehmann was hired as a part-time officer.
Flanagan said Loehmann was never charged with Tamir’s murder and deserved a second chance. Bellair is a town of about 4,000 and is about 150 miles south of Cleveland.
In 2014, Tamir Rice was shot and killed while playing with a pellet gun in a gazebo outside of a Cleveland recreation center. Footage of the encounter shows Loehmann exiting the car and shooting the boy within moments. A grand jury failed to indict Loehmann. He was fired in 2017, three years after killing Tamir, after it was it was realized he was “unfit for duty.”
Subodh Chandra, the Rice family attorney spoke with CBS Cleveland affiliate WOIO and said Samira Rice, Tamir’s mother is appalled her son’s killer was given a second chance.
“Rice believes that Timothy Loehmann does not belong on any police force, anywhere, period,” Chandra said. “Someone with his record should not be subjected upon the citizenry, but she does hope that this means that he will not ever return to Cleveland.”