The two officers are currently on paid leave while being investigated. The shooter, Timothy Loehmann, 26, had quit his prior law enforcement job two years ago after his supervisor described him as “distracted and weepy” and “emotionally immature.”
According to “records from the Independence Police Department obtained by CNN include comments from a supervisor detailing what they called ‘a pattern of lack of maturity, indiscretion and not following instructions,” a ‘dangerous loss of composure during live range training’ and an ‘inability to manage personal stress.’”
The documents went on to say, “‘I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct these deficiencies,’ Independence Deputy Chief Jim Polak wrote in a November 2012 memo.” While the City of Independence has indicated that this information was made available to the Cleveland Police Department, they have made statements to the contrary. According to the department, his interview was misleading because, “the reason for departure indicated was resignation. Officer Loehmann indicated that he resigned for personal reasons, which was substantiated by the City of Independence.” CNN.
The parents of Tamir Rice has filed lawsuit against the two officers and the city of Cleveland.