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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  • Mary Burrell

    Hope Tamir’s family sues.

  • We now know about the recent report that details how the Cleveland police department has a corruption problem. Loehmann’s bizarre and reckless behavior in 2012 could of
    easily caused him to not be on the Cleveland police force. If Leohmann was not
    on the force as an officer, Tamir might have been alive today. In the final
    analysis, the credibility of the police leadership is lacking in Cleveland and
    in other places nationally. These crooked officers aren’t the only ones that
    should be punished. Leadership in various departments have to be held into a
    high standard. Like other people have mentioned, the family of Tamir have every
    justification to sue the police department. A police job is very serious,
    because one action can cause someone to die literally. That is why Leohmann
    should not have been on the force. 2012 is not really a long time ago. That is
    only 2 years from 2014. This information proves why people are upset and why
    people are protesting in NYC, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, D.C., Dallas,
    Oakland, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Ferguson, and other
    places. RIP Tamir Rice.