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Tamir Rice’s mother to address Ohio village’s hiring of police officer who killed 12-year-old boy

October 10, 2018

Tamir Rice’s mother to address Ohio village’s hiring of police officer who killed 12-year-old boy

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tamir Rice’s mother will hold a news conference Wednesday to address an Ohio police department’s hiring of the officer who killed the 12-year-old boy in 2014.

The Intelligencer, a Wheeling, West Virginia newspaper, reported Friday that the village of Bellaire hired Timothy Loehmann to serve as a part-time police officer.

Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, will discuss Loehmann’s hiring at a 4 p.m. news conference at the Chandra Law Firm in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland.com will cover the news conference on Facebook Live.

Bellaire is a small town of about 4,000 people that borders the Ohio River at the West Virginia border directly across from Wheeling.

Samaria Rice criticized Bellaire police Chief Richard “Dick” Flanagan’s decision to hire Loehmann in a statement issued Friday through attorney Subodh Chandra.

“Ms. Rice believes that Timothy Loehmann does not belong on any police force, anywhere, period,” Chandra said. “Someone with his record should not be subjected upon the citizenry. But she does hope that this means that he will not ever return to Cleveland.”

Loehmann shot and killed Tamir Nov. 14, 2014 outside the Cudell Recreation Center on the city’s West Side. Loehmann was a rookie officer, and a passenger in a car driving by veteran training officer Frank Garmback.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Loehmann in Tamir’s death, but the city of Cleveland fired him in May 2017, not for the shooting, but for lying on his application when he applied for his job.

Loehmann appealed the termination from his Cleveland job and the arbitration is still pending, said Henry Hilow, the attorney representing Loehmann in the arbitration case.

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