A Cleveland school police officer took to his Facebook account to rant about Tamir Rice’s mother, calling her a “stupid b*tch,” but after a local news station started questioning several of his posts, he’s been placed on paid administrative leave.
Tamir was only 12-years-old when he was shot to death while playing with a toy gun last year by Officer Timothy Loehmann. No charges have been filed against the police officer, and two days after that was announced, Cleveland Metropolitan School District officer Matt Cicero made the decision to post his jaw-dropping thoughts to Facebook.
On December 30th, he wrote, “Tamir Rice’s momma just want money. . . raise your kids not to play with guns stupid b#$*& . . .,” according to NewsNe5.
After a Facebook user disagreed with his comment, he wrote, “You pull out a gun you get shot. I don’t have time to ask questions and coddle kids that wave guns around.”
A school resource officer (SROs) is a sworn law enforcement officer, but Ciero weighed in anyway amid the controversial decision to not file charges against Loehmann. Cleveland is located in an open carry state where Tamir was carrying a toy gun, yet within two seconds, he was gunned down by a police officer in a playground.
Still yet, Ciero also posted a meme showing a man holding up a real gun in one hand and a fake gun in his other hand. It’s like Ciero couldn’t stop himself.
Ciero’s page has since been deleted.
In response to Ciero’s posts, Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson said he should be fired.
“It’s disrespectful to women, it’s disrespectful to African-Americans,” he said. “The fact that he’s so insensitive and he’s placing the blame of Tamir’s death on Tamir, for me that’s enough for him to be not working with children in the Cleveland school system.”
Cleveland Metropolitan School District spokeswoman Roseann Canfora sent NewsNet15 a statement:
We are aware of and are taking seriously comments allegedly posted on social media by one of our school employees about Tamir Rice and his family. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while we investigate the matter.
While we respect every employee’s right to freedom of speech, with those rights comes a responsibility to do so in ways that are appropriate and sensitive to others, particularly to the people we serve.
CEO Eric Gordon, who on December 30 cautioned all CMSD staff members to show respect for feelings on both sides of this difficult issue, said the hurtful comments in the alleged post are contrary to his expectation that staff will promote peace and understanding among those who disagree about or who struggle to make sense of this tragedy.
“The comments posted are particularly insensitive, considering that Officer Cicero works for the school district that served Tamir Rice and his family,” said CEO Eric Gordon. “Even as we grieve the tragic loss of this child to his family and to our entire school community, we are mindful of the very difficult job of our safety forces in our schools and our communities. Neither our citizens nor those who police our communities should be painted with a broad brush, and I don’t believe we will ever find solutions to such complex issues through Facebook posts—especially posts that further divide us.”
Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed called Ciero’s Facebook posts “very disturbing.
Where is the outrage from Open Carry activists over Tamir Rice’s shooting death at the hands of a police officer?
A cop’s wife has been on a roll using her Twitter account to call for lynching Tamir Rice’s mother. This behavior on social media from law enforcement and/or their spouses, is unacceptable and highlights the lack of compassion from Conservatives in this country after each instance of an unarmed black person being shot down.
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