Court of appeals says Timothy Loehmann’s termination was justified; former Cleveland Police officer who shot Tamir Rice was fired for lying

This still image taken from a surveillance video played at a news conference held by Cleveland...
This still image taken from a surveillance video played at a news conference held by Cleveland Police, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, shows Cleveland police officers arriving at Cudell Park on a report of a man with a gun. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, after he reportedly pulled a replica gun at the city park. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)(Mark Duncan | AP)
Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 7:21 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas ruled on Dec. 20, 2019, that the City of Cleveland’s decision to fire Timothy Loehmann was justified.

Over a year later on Mar. 11, 2021, the 8th District Court of Appeals in Cuyahoga County upheld its decision.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association filed a lawsuit in March 2019 on behalf of Loehmann claiming that the former Cleveland police officer was wrongfully terminated.

Loehmann, who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014, was fired from the department in May 2017 for lying on a portion of his hiring application.

Subodh Chandra, counsel for Samaria Rice, said on the family’s behalf on Dec. 2019:

Having ended a child’s life, Loehmann should live his life as something other than a police officer. Having lied on his application to get the job that enabled him to end a child’s life, Loehmann should apply to be something other than a police officer. And Cleveland’s police union—which is apparently so uncommitted to truth and the rule of law that it thinks that it’s okay for an officer to lie—needs to end its relentless assault on the community’s intelligence and integrity. Clevelanders do not want Loehmann to ever again be entrusted with a badge and gun anywhere, but least of all here. The union leadership should stop embarrassing itself with the appeals and let the Rice family—and the community—heal.

The city of Cleveland released exactly the same statement regarding the court’s decisions in Dec. 2019 and March 2021:

“The City of Cleveland is pleased that the court upheld its decision to terminate the employment of former Cleveland Police patrol officer Timothy Loehmann. The City has consistently maintained throughout this process that Loehmann’s termination was justified.”

The deadly shooting of Rice, which was ruled “reasonable,” was not a factor in Loehmann’s termination.

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