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Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of encountering the boy, was deemed "unfit for duty" while serving on another police force. Supervisors specifically cited his "dismal" handgun performance and emotional instability when they forced him to resign in December 2012.
Loehmann was previously employed by the City of Independence. During a training exercise at a gun range, he became "distracted and weepy,"
the cops are there to protect the community. not just darwin junior.
The cops had a responsibility to handle that situation in a much more professional and understanding way..if they had demonstrated the level of professionalism they are trained to show
If it were 100%, no one would be arguing...
originally posted by: ShakesPiers
a reply to: TKDRL
That's besides the point and you know it. You cannot expect the cop to assume that his intention was to drop the gun. The kid went for the gun and the cop had to make a split second decision.
"Ptl. Loehmann's inability to perform basic functions as instructed, and his inability to emotionally function because of a personal situation at home with an on and off again girlfriend leads one to believe that he would not be able to substantially cope, or make good decisions, during or resulting from any other stressful situation," Polok wrote.
"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.
Loehmann was visibly “distracted and weepy” during a gun range training course, and could not follow simple directions or communicate clearly.
“His handgun performance was dismal,” read the memo, which called the incident a “dangerous loss of composure.” The training officer took Loehmann’s weapons away and drove with him to pick up some of his other gear, but the officer continued to have an “emotional meltdown,” crying at times as he described relationship problems with his girlfriend to his training sergeant.