Timothy Loehmann

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Timothy Loehmann was a Cleveland police officer who shot unarmed 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Rice was holding a toy gun.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Division of Police, Loehmann worked for the Independence Police Department.[1] According to media reports, he had career troubles beginning in 2012 when he had an on-again off-again relationship with a girlfriend.

A released November 29, 2012 letter from his personnel file at the Independence Police Department describe Loehmann during a firearms qualification, saying: "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... Unfortunately in law enforcement there are times when instructions need to be followed to the letter and I am under the impression that Ptl. Loehmann, under certain circumstances, will not react in the way instructed." The letter recommended letting Loehmann go from his job at the police. Loehmann resigned from the Independence Police on December 4, 2012 after six months on the job. He was hired in March 2014 by the Cleveland police.

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