12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed at a public park in Cleveland, Ohio, after someone made a call to emergency services to report he was playing with a toy gun. It is being stated the dispatcher did not communicate to responding police officers sent to the scene that the gun in Tamir's possession appeared to be fake.
Two officers drove up to Tamir and the park and one of them, Timothy Loehmann, 26, immediately opened fire shooting the boy directly in the stomach, killing him. It turns out the alleged weapon was an "airsoft toy pistol." Further investigation by Cleveland.com revealed, Loehmann has a a very poor record as a police officer.
Deputy Chief Jim Pollack of the Independence Police wrote regarding Loehmann, "He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance is dismal." Pollack further states Loehmann's conduct during incidents, "Show a pattern of a lack of maturity, indiscretion and not following instructions" and "due to this dangerous loss of composure during live range training and his inability to manage this personal stress, I do not believe Ptl. Loehmann shows the maturity needed to work in our employment. I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies."
Loehmann was given the option of resigning as opposed to being fired when he quit his post with the Independence Police. However, he obtained employment with the Cleveland Division Of Police, who now state they did not review Loehmann's personnel records from the Independence Police. He is clearly not fit to be a police officer. This was a horrifically poor judgment call. Many are asking why the child was not tased, rather than shot to death.