According to a report from NBC News, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12 year-old Tamir Rice last month was relieved of a previous job, after he was deemed “mentally unfit” to perform his duties.
While previously working for a small-town police force, 26 year-old Officer Timothy A. Loehmann’s unsafe and reckless handling of firearms caught the attention of his superiors.
Records show that just after 5 months, Leohmenn quit the $42,000-a-year job in which he was training to be a patrolman in December of 2012.
In a November 2012 memo, Deputy Chief Jim Polak recommended that Loehmann be dismissed. He questioned Loehmann’s ability to follow instructions and to make good decisions in stressful situations.
He cited a report from a firearms instructor who said Loehmann showed up for training “distracted,” “weepy” and unable to “communicate clear thoughts,” as a result of which “his handgun performance was dismal.”
The report described Loehmann as in an “emotional meltdown.” It was attributed in part to personal problems with an on-again-off-again girlfriend
According to the Deputy Chief’s assessment of the troubled officer, Loehmann’s “inability to perform basic functions as instructed, and his inability to emotionally function because of a personal situation at home with an on and off again girlfriend leads one to believe that he would not be able to substantially cope, or make good decisions, during or resulting from any other stressful situation.”
But the straw that seemed to have broken the camel’s back was a “dangerous loss of composure” while Loehmann was training on the firing range.
“I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies,” Deputy Chief Jim Pollack wrote in the report.
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