The former Cleveland Police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice has withdrawn his name from consideration to become a Bellaire Police officer.
Chief Dick Flanagan says Loehmann called him at 3 p.m.
He said Loehmann thanked him for the opportunity to become a Bellaire Police officer, but said he was withdrawing his application at this time.
He told Chief Flanagan he plans to pursue his ongoing legal case in Cleveland.
He said he appreciated that Flanagan had faced a lot of controversy by offering him the job.
“He told me, he said, ‘I know you were under a lot of pressure and stress with the rumors and allegations and all the protests and stuff,’ ” Flanagan related. “And he was genuinely sorry about all that. And I said ‘Hey, it comes with the job and I’m sure it’s not the first or the last time that there’s some type of controversy that goes on somewhere in this country.’ “
“And I wished him the best of luck and that was it,” Flanagan concluded.
Even while our news crew was there in the chief’s office, his phone was ringing and he was fielding angry calls, criticizing his hiring of Loehmann.