Community Protests After Officer Involved In Tamir Rice Shooting Hired

TIOGA PA – After a Facebook post showing newly sworn in police officer Timothy Loehmann appeared, the residents of this small Northern Tier community took to the streets to protest and demand answers. 

On July 5th, a post on social media by Tioga Borough Council President Steve Hazlett showed a picture of Loehmann being sworn in.

According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, local media was given a different name, reportedly being Timothy Lochmann. However it was later confirmed to be Loehmann. 

Loehmann was one of two officers who, in November 2014, responded to a call of an individual with a gun. When Loemann and another officer, Frank Garmback arrived on scene, Loemann got out of the patrol car and fired two shots, killing 12 year old Tamir Rice. The reported gun turned out to be a toy Airsoft gun. Both officers were cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury, the incident being described as a “perfect storm of human error” by the prosecutor. The City of Cleveland later agreed to pay the Rice family a six million dollar settlement for the wrongful death. 

Three years later, Loehmann was fired from the Cleveland Police Department for allegedly lying on his job application about why he’d left his last job. According to documents obtained by the media, he’d been asked to leave or terminated after being deemed “unfit for duty.”

Mayor David Wilcox, shown in the above photo on the left, has said that while he was involved in the hiring of Loehmann and swore him into office, he wasn’t allowed to see the applications or resumes of candidates and was assured that Loehmann had been thoroughly vetted through a background check.

The mayor says there will be an emergency meeting to discuss the issue, and encourages the public to attend and voice their opinions. He also indicated that he is the person responsible for Loehmann’s work schedule, and has no intention of putting him on patrol. 

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