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Cleveland Police Union President calls Tamir Rice shooting 'justified'

CPPA Union President Jeff Follmer said the shooting of Tamir Rice was justified. (Photo Source: WOIO) CPPA Union President Jeff Follmer said the shooting of Tamir Rice was justified. (Photo Source: WOIO)
"This shooting was justified, it's a tragedy for this 12-year-old, but it was justified."  

That's what Cleveland Police Union President Jeffrey Follmer told a MSNBC host Monday during a conversation surrounding the Tamir Rice shooting.

Officer Timothy Loehman shot and killed 12-year-old Rice last month, outside a Cleveland rec center. Police said Rice was holding a BB gun with the orange tip removed. 
 
Follmer made the comment after talking about Brown's receiver Andrew Hawkins wearing a shirt that read, "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" during the Browns game on Nov. 14. 
 
"My wearing the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons to innocent people,” explained Hawkins on Monday.
 
Follmer said Hawkins needs to apologize.
 
“Calling for justice for his opinion for what happened that day. He's wrong," said Follmer.
  
On Tuesday night, Follmer said he stood by his statements. 
 
“I'm talking factual. I'm talking about what I know about the case. I'm talking from the officer's perception. Anybody can have an opinion but when you look at this legally this is going to come down to a justified shooting,” Follmer said. 
 
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams released the following statement: 
 
"It is important to note that the comments made by Mr. Follmer do not represent the views of the Cleveland Division of Police.  The Division of Police respects the rights of individuals to peacefully demonstrate their personal views and opinions. Mr. Hawkins was certainly well within his rights to express his views and no apology is necessary."
 
No ruling has been made on the shooting. The death of Tamir Rice remains under investigation.
 
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