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.