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Police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice gets police job in Bellaire, Ohio

Posted: 8:58 PM, Oct 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-06 09:22:28-04

The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village.

The Times Leader  reports  Bellaire’s police chief confirmed Friday he hired Timothy Loehmann as a part-time officer.

Richard Flanagan said Loehmann was never charged in Tamir’s death and deserves a second chance.

Bellaire is a village of about 4,000 along the Ohio River, more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) south of Cleveland.

Tamir was playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center in 2014 when he was shot by Loehmann.

A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann. He was fired last year after it was discovered he was previously deemed “unfit for duty.”