Timothy Loehmann Will Not Be Reinstated After Killing 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice

The Supreme Court denied former officer Timothy Loehmann’s appeal


Police Deaths Use of Force Legislation FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force. Six years later, only about a third of states have passed laws on the question. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
By Briasia Russ

According to Insider, the Ohio Supreme Court denied to hear an appeal over the termination of former officer Timothy Loehmann after he shot and killed Tamir Rice.  

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12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot as he was playing with a pellet gun. As a result of his death, police brutality protests occurred, and the family was offered a $6 million settlement by the City of Cleveland.  

As reported by city officials, Loehmann’s termination from the Cleveland Police Department was a result of misinformation on his job application, and not for the killing of Rice.  

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In honor of the sixth anniversary of her son’s death, his mother Samaria Rice dedicated the Afro-Centric Cultural Center to him.  

As reported by Insider, Samaria Rice told Clevland.com in a statement that she is glad Loehmann “will never have a badge and gun in Cleveland again.” 

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