“He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal; dangerous loss of composure during live range training and his inability to manage this personal stress; distracted and weepy."
—Deputy Chief Jim Polak. Loehman was eventually fired for his incompetence yet was hired by another police department and inflicted on an urban community.
|"Officer" Tim Loehmann.|
The officer who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland last year, said he "knew it was a gun and it was coming out" before he opened fire and repeatedly warned the boy to put his hands up, according to newly released statements from the cop and his partner.
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Rice had been holding a toy gun when officer Timothy Loehmann allegedly shot him in November 2014 and claimed in his statement that he was aiming for the 12-year-old's weapon.
Loehmann said he and his partner responded to a report of a "male waiving [sic] a gun and pointing at people" and he saw the suspect put something into his waistband.
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When Rice turned towards the patrol car, Loehmann claimed he "yelled continuously 'show me your hands' as loud as I could," the statement said.
Loehmann said the suspect "appeared to be over 18 years old and about 185 pounds."