Wednesday, December 03, 2014

One of those "The Only Ones who should be allowed to carry guns", at least in Cleveland

The level of idiocy here ought to cost some people everything.
A police officer who shot a 12-year-old dead in a Cleveland park late last month had been judged unfit for police service two years earlier by a small suburban force where he worked for six months, according to records released on Wednesday.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be "distracted and weepy" and incommunicative. "His handgun performance was dismal," deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo.
Bad.  REAL bad.  And gets worse:
I'll refer you to the article for information about that. As I read the Cleveland police department's replies, I see them being evasive about whether they knew about Loehmann's poor performance at the gun range and firing. They say crap like "We had no instruction" about that, or "I have not received the file" rather than straight-up denying they had any such information.

That to me is pretty much an admission that they knew.

So why did this guy get hired?
That is a real damned good question.  Since the answer is worth someones life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad.

As for why Loehmann got hired anyway, in spite of his manifest unfitness for the job, I can only wonder whether Affirmative Action was involved.