The former Cleveland, Ohio police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy playing with a pellet gun has been hired by another Ohio police department.
Almost 4 years ago,
His hiring shows how easy it is for officers to jump departments even after being fired, deemed “unfit for duty,” having “dismal” handgun performance, and killing an unarmed child.
Bellaire police chief Richard Flanagan said Loehmann deserves a second chance because he was never charged for killing the unarmed child.
Bellaire is a small town in Ohio of about 4,000 residents
ALoehmann. He was fired in May 2017 for lying on his job application about being fired from the Independence Police Department because he was “unfit for duty.” Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak also said he was incompetent with guns.
“He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal.”
“I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies.”
“Ms. Rice believes that Timothy Loehmann does not belong on any police force, anywhere, period,” he 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.”