A Cleveland EMS supervisor, Jamie Marquardt, was fired from his position for writing on Facebook that he's "glad" 12-year-old Tamir Rice died, and that he wishes he could have been the one to pull the trigger. Rice was shot by a polce officer in 2014 for playing with a toy gun in a Cleveland park, and it's now known that the officer opened fire on the young boy just seconds after arriving on the scene.
In the post, Marquardt wrote, "Tamir should have been shot and I am glad he is dead. I wish I was in the park that day as he terrorized innocent patrons by pointing guns at them. I am upset I did not get the chance to kill the little criminal." The post was quickly deleted.
Later, Marquardt tried to backtrack on the comments and claimed his phone was hacked. “Someone picked up my phone and made some awful posts under my name," he wrote. "I want to apologize for those who thought it was me.” He must not have been able to convince his superiors in the police department, who fired him anyway.
Marquardt was officially terminated for violating the City of Cleveland’s policies and procedures, city spokesman Dan Williams said, adding, “The posts were not acceptable and do not represent the views or standards of the City of Cleveland administration, Department of Public Safety or Division of Emergency Medical Services.”
This firing comes just weeks after another Ohio official was fired for making similar comments on social media about Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel, who committed suicided on the steps of a government building earlier this year.
Justice has yet to be served for Tamir and his family. It was recently revealed that his mother sent the hospital bills that resulted from him being fatally shot by the Ohio policeman. Catch up on the injustice BET News:
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