Cleveland cop who fatally shot Tamir Rice will not get job back

Cleveland cop who fatally shot Tamir Rice will not get job back
12-year-old Tamir Rice died from his injuries less than a day after the shooting. (Source: Attorney Timothy J. Kucharski)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland police officer who was fired after fatally shooting 12-year-old Tamir Rice won’t get his job back with the department, according to a case arbitrator.

The shooting by Timothy Loehmann was ruled “reasonable,” but the white officer was fired from the Cleveland Police Department in May 2017 for lying on a portion of his hiring application. The fatal shooting was not part of his termination.

Jeff Follmer, President of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, addressed the ruling on Wednesday, saying the union plans to appeal the arbitrator’s decision.

Cleveland cop who fatally shot Tamir Rice will not get job back

Rice was carrying an AirSoft pellet gun when he was shot multiple times by Loehmann in November 2014.

Surveillance video shows that Loehmann killed Rice within 2 seconds after arriving to Cudell Recreation Center to investigate the report about the African-American boy carrying a gun.

Since the shooting, Rice has become a national symbol of police brutality against African-Americans. His name and face have been memorialized on clothes, highlighted in works of art, and featured in a poem penned by George Clooney.

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