Image Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

Image Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP

The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month was deemed unfit to perform his job duties back in 2012.

Tim Loehmann was forced to resign from a division of the Ohio police force after he displayed what was categorized as questionable behavior. As documented in a recently released video by The Independent Police department, Loehmann appeared “distracted” and “weepy” during a standard firearm exercise test.

And according to a letter written by Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak, dated November 29, 2012, Loehmann failed to prove that he was capable of performing his job duties without supervision. “He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal”. “For these reasons, I am recommending he be released from the employment of Independence. I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct these deficiencies”.

As if that is not disturbing enough, Polak also offered an eerie indication of what could happen if Loehmann were left to rely on his own inadequacies in a situation that required sound judgment by adding that he was certain that the seemingly incompetent officer would “not react in the way instructed”.

The rest of the document supplied by The Northeast Ohio Media Group basically details several instances during Loehmann’s tenure at Independence that indicate his mental handicap, including examples of when he appeared disoriented and unfocused during numerous training sessions.

But the real tragedy lies in the fact that despite documented evidence of his incompetence, Loehmann was still given the opportunity to patrol the streets of Cleveland – armed and ready to shoot. And unfortunately Tamir Rice paid the ultimate price.

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