|Officer Timothy Loehmann on the left and Tamir Rice on the right|
By Shaun King
This mistake cost Tamir Rice his life.
Over eight months after Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, ignored him as he struggled to live, and let him die, the Cleveland Police Department has finally admitted what we already knew—it was a mistake to ever hire Loehmann in the first place. So incompetent and mentally unstable was he at hispolice academy, his superior specifically stated that he should never serve in law enforcement.
Five other departments checked on this and refused to hire Loehmann.
The Cleveland Police Department now admits it failed to check Loehmann's background when they hired him. Their response, giving one supervising officer a two-day suspension and another officer a write-up in his file, amounts to a proverbial "oopsy."
Two Cleveland police supervisors who hired the officer who later shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice have been disciplined.
Lt. Gail Bindel and Sgt. Edwin Santiago "failed to adequately supervise and review an applicant's background investigation" and were found guilty of administrative charges including neglect of duty, according to documents.
Bindel was suspended for two days, and Santiago received a written reprimand, according to the letters dated July 9. This mistake got a little boy killed. How the hell did this happen? Who else was hired without having their references checked? Is this the whole story?
Below, taken from my original post on January 9 titled "The outrageous and tragic hiring of officer Timothy Loehmann by the Cleveland police," is where I shared all of the proof that Loehmann should've never been hired as a police officer a day in his life.
Before Cleveland Police Department Officer Timothy Loehmann tragically shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, he accumulated a record of emotional instability, disregard for training, and ineptitude for the job so severe that he should have never been hired. As you will see below, his previous supervisors in Independence, Ohio, said as much. As many as seven police departments and programs turned him down in the aftermath of his termination from Independence, but Cleveland, which claims they never checked his records, hired him. They should be held accountable for this mistake of fatal proportions.