A Cleveland School District police officer has been put on paid administrative leave for posting seditious remarks about Tamir Rice’s mother on Facebook, calling her, among other things “a stupid bitch.”
Matthew Cicero, a five-year resource officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, posted the statements a few days after a grand jury failed to prosecute officer Timothy Loehmann for fatally shooting the 12-year-old at a public park in November 2014. The officer did not offer first aid to the boy, and he died the following day. Rice had been playing with a toy gun.
“Tamir rices momma just want money. Lets make the proper changes……raise your kids not to play with fake guns stupid b**ch. All this media because the are notgetting what they want…… Again pleeeeze anyone who does not like what I post…..unfriendly me or block me your not worth my time.”
The posts and Cicero’s Facebook page have since been deleted, but not before ABC-affiliate WEWS snagged some screenshots of them.
One Facebook user responded by asking since when does playing with a toy gun warrant the death penalty. Another commented, “This officer regardless of race was negligent and should be brought to justice for negligent homicide.”
Cicero replied, “You pull out a gun you get shot. I don’t have time to ask questions and coddle kids that wave guns around.”
He concluded by posting a meme of a man holding a fake gun and a real gun.
h/t: Washington Post.