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.
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.