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Tamir Rice’s mother asks the Ohio Supreme Court to not let former officer Timothy Loehmann be reinstated

Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, asks the Ohio Supreme Court to not reinstate former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot her son



“Timothy Loehmann can’t be trusted. I hope that the Supreme Court does not give him a chance to get back his job,” Samaria Rice said.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editor’s note: The video in the player above is from a story published on May 10, 2021.

On Monday, Subodh Chandra and the Chandra Law Firm LLC filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Samaria Rice, hoping to stop the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Associations’ (CPPA’s) recent effort to reinstate former officer Timothy Loehmann. 

Loehmann is the officer who fatally shot Samaria Rice’s 12-year-old son, Tamir Rice, in November 2014. Tamir had been playing with a toy gun in a park near his home when the Cleveland Division of Police received a call about a “guy with a pistol” outside of a Cleveland recreation center. Rice had been playing with a pellet gun and officers said that they did not know that he was a juvenile and that he was playing with a toy before he was fatally shot twice. 

RELATED: Cleveland City Council to ask Justice Department to reopen the Tamir Rice investigation

The request to the Supreme Court comes after Loehmann filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court to get his job back.

“Timothy Loehmann can’t be trusted. I hope that the Supreme Court does not give him a chance to get back his job,” said Samaria in a statement. “The fact that the Cleveland police union is still trying to get him his job despite him killing my child and lying on his application to become a police officer shows you just how immoral that organization’s leadership is.”  

“Officer Loehmann shot 12‑year-old Tamir without waiting even a second to process the situation or consider the devastating consequences of his actions.” said Chandra in a statement sent to 3News, “His sense of entitlement after not just killing a child but lying to become a police officer should not be rewarded. He was, and remains, unfit to serve as a police officer, in Cleveland—or anywhere else.”

Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, and House members Tim Ryan, Joyce Beatty and Marcy Kaptur asked the U.S. Department of Justice to re-open the investigation into Tamir Rice’s death, which had been initially opened by the Justice Department under the Obama administration, but abruptly closed during the final weeks of the Trump administration.

RELATED: Cleveland City Council to consider asking DOJ to reopen investigation into shooting death of Tamir Rice

Editor’s note: The video in the player below is from a story published on Dec. 29, 2020.



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