West Virginia police chief responsible for hiring officer who killed Tamir Rice resigns | News, Sports, Jobs

FILE – In a file photo dated Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, Tomiko Shine holds up a photo of Tamir Rice during a protest in Washington, D.C. Timothy Loehmann, the Cleveland police officer who shot and killed Tamir Rice and was eventually fired, resigned Monday, July 1, 2024, from a police department in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. White Sulphur Mayor Kathy Glover said Loehmann was hired as a probationary officer on the recommendation of the small town’s police chief. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia police chief responsible for hiring a former Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has resigned. White Sulphur Springs Police Chief D.S. Teubert returned to his old job as a police officer, WVVA-TV reported. Mayor Kathy Glover said Teubert recommended hiring Timothy Loehmann as a probationary officer. Loehmann resigned from the White Sulphur Springs Police Department last week. It was the third time in six years that Loehmann has left a small police department because of the backlash shortly after he was hired.
“I didn’t know who he was, and I didn’t have all the information that should have been given,” Glover said this Monday evening during a city council meeting. “It was something we weren’t aware of and weren’t fully prepared for.”
Glover said she also apologized to Rice’s family. Rice, who was Black, was playing with a pellet gun outside a Cleveland recreation center on Nov. 22, 2014, when he was shot and killed by Loehmann seconds after Loehmann and his partner arrived. The officers, who are white, told investigators that Loehmann yelled at Tamir three times to “put his hands up.” The shooting sparked community outcries over the treatment of Black people by police, particularly after a grand jury decided not to indict Loehmann or his partner. Cleveland settled a lawsuit over Tamir’s death for $6 million, and the city eventually fired Loehmann for lying on his application to become a police officer. Loehmann later landed a part-time job with a police department in the southeastern Ohio town of Bellaire in October 2018, but withdrew his application a few days later after Tamir’s mother, Samaria, and others criticized the hire. In July 2022, he was sworn in as the sole police officer in Tioga, a community of about 600 in rural northcentral Pennsylvania about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Cleveland. But he left without a single shift amid negative reactions and media coverage about his appointment. White Sulphur Springs Deputy Police Chief Julian R. Byer Jr. has been sworn in as the new police chief. A call to the White Sulphur Springs Police Department went unanswered Wednesday. Glover did not immediately return a phone call. White Sulphur Springs is home to the posh Greenbrier resort, owned by Republican Gov. Jim Justice in southeastern West Virginia along the Virginia border.

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